In Manhattan, We
Fell In Love Again, Sep 19, 1998
A sold out
house held high expectations for Joni's fifth appearance at storied Carnegie Hall; sure,
they had heard about Joni's venture back into the spotlight, but Carnegie Hall
concertgoers demand an original, and memorable experience. Oh brother, did they get that,
and much more. Joni came through with a command performance equal to any of her previous
Carnegie engagements. Joni's over two-hour masterpiece moved the packed audience to tears,
goose-bumps, and raucous laughter.
Sharing, through her uniquely intimate personality,
her most beautiful standards with each of her fans individually, Joni may have been on the
stage for the entire performance; yet while she was singing, you felt that she was sharing
a moment with you and only you. While sharing her experiences with her fans, she was
strolling through Central Park one on one with you, her friend.
A wedding at St. Patricks could not have found more
hand-holding eye-gazing and re-affirmation within a huge audience of couples and pals
spanning four generations. Was there ever a work of art to find a more fitting venue than
Joni's heavenly "Danny Boy" intimately, lyrically moving the angels that watch
over the faithful and the curious, the expectant and discerning, the fortunate attendees
that comfortably inhabit the sculpted balconies of this jewel in Manhattan's crown?
Joni is the angel that draws all to her and back to
one another, the female counterpart to Cupid. There weren't enough Carriage drivers in
Central Park to handle the late-night rush of concertgoers at Joni's this evening. Through
an unusually large contingent of press, the crowd joyfully spilled out into the Autumn
evening-those of us with the wisdom of years feeling 30 springtimes younger, those of us
just discovering Joni's magic gaining in exhuberant strength by as many summers.