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Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman “Live at Chelsea” on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City 3/17/23

Composer Randy Edelman pursues the things he loves doing and he does them so well that people can’t take their eyes off him. He is a rainbow in everyone’s cloud. Like a butterfly we admire it’s beauty but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Randy Edelman: “Live At Chelsea” at the hot spot “Chelsea Table and Stage” features the serialist’s sensational music as well as an intimate journey through his explosive career.

Randy traveled through his  industry beginning with pop song recordings having premiered his songs “Uptown Uptempo Woman” and “Concrete and Clay” on the BBC’s iconic “Top of the Pops. He also became an accidental contemporary song writer for legends  including Barry Manilow (A Weekend in New England), Patti LaBelle (Isn’t it a Shame), The Carpenters (You), My Place (Nelly), and others, including Bing Crosby, Dionne Warwick, Olivia, Newton-John, and a list too long to mention.

Then like the butterfly mentioned above or like the genre bending Chameleon that he is, Randy became one of the best and most demanded and respected  film and television music soundtrack and theme symphonist of modern times and times gone by. Included within the hundreds of motion pictures and television music under his belt are “Last of The Mohicans”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Ghostbusters ll”, “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “Billy Madison”, “XXX”, “Dragonheart”, “Anaconda”, “Gettysburg”, the NBC hit series MacGyver, the theme fron the Olympics, and so many others.

Randy’s St. Patrick’s day extravaganza included an assortment of music from his vast accomplishments, infused with humorous, emotional, captivating, and compelling stories to accompany each. He had the forefront to guide the audience from laughter to tears in a heartbeat. He invented his own life’s meaning which isn’t easy but still allowed, and shares that life saturated with flair and laughter with his fans. He possesses emotional depth, integrity, originality, virtuosity, and the understanding of transcendence. But most of all his songs are filled with the romance of the ages. There is no instinct like that of the heart. Joy is not felt less exquisitely because the moment flies. What is Joy anyway if it goes unrecorded? Fortunately Randy Edelman has recorded it for all of mankind.

Photo Credits: BILLY HESS


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