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Gavin Creel review

Published on December 14, 2009

This guest entry was written by Tim Croner, who blogs about New York theatre at thoughtsofatheatregeek.blogspot.com.

I had the pleasure of seeing Gavin Creel and his songwriting partner Robbie Roth perform Dec 7 at Symphony Space, and I couldn’t have asked for a better Monday night. Just wanted to take a few moments to record some of my favorite moments:

Gavin sang two Christmas songs, “Little Drummer Boy” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and they both sounded amazing. I especially enjoyed “Little Drummer Boy” — Gavin’s voice and the acoustic arrangement were perfect for the song. Lovely.

Several of the songs he performed were new, and the first time he ever performed them in public. During one of the songs (which he described as a cross between Shel Silverstein and John Lennon), he forgot the lyrics and turned to Robbie and said “we should have practiced this more”. At the end of the song, he said to the audience “You guys can all say ‘I was there the first time he ever sang this in public and it STUNK!'”

He told some nice stories in between his sets as well — one about a conversation he had with his Uncle, another about his experiences with Lady GaGa at the HRC Dinner and Equality March in October, and yet another about how he likes to close his eyes in the shower and pretend the sound of the water is really the sound of applause.

Some of my favorite songs last night were “Fine,” “Anything at All,” and “Upper Hand,” but my favorite song was “These Four Walls,” from his CD Goodtimenation. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head all day. It was absolutely beautiful.

So, thank you Gavin, for a great night. You really are an amazing talent, and I hope that wasn’t my last time seeing you perform!

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