Random Q & A – J. Robert Spencer, Part I

Catherine • June 3, 2011 • Comments (1)

Q: Out of the whole set of songs that you do for The Midtown Men, what are your favorites to perform?…..

A: Bobby:    It really is hard to say because I love every song we sing in the show.  But I think individually, for me, I love being able to sing ‘California Dreamin’…not just because I get to sing the lead line, but I love that song because all four of us get to sing one of the most beautiful songs of the 60’s, so well crafted and sculpted by the Mamas and the Papas, and that we get to put our brand on that  … that’s exciting to me.  To hear Michael and Christian and Daniel sing those wonderful parts underneath what I get to sing – it’s really an amazing arrangement and I get a thrill out of that song every night. 


I have to say that I love the Motown, but I really enjoy the top of the show, the opener that we have, because I think the thing that we really wanted to focus on was not only paying homage to the 60’s music, but paying homage to the very style of the groups of the sixties.  Like taking the moves that they would do and making it our own, yet being as nostalgic as we could to keep that time warp kind of factor and edge in our show.  And I just love those old groups … when Smokey Robinson would be singing the lead, and then the Miracles would be behind him doing their shinding behind him.  And when we get the opportunity to do that throughout the piece, three guys behind a lead – there’ just something about that I just have so much fun with.

**information taken from one of the many interviews the MEN did prior to the April 9 Queens College concert

Category: J. Robert Spencer, Q & A, The MUSIC

One comment on “Random Q & A – J. Robert Spencer, Part I

  1. Grace on said:

    Bobby looks so cute in that picture! I love California Dreamin – that youtube video is priceless, and the men sound fabulous. And on stage, even better!!! And I love the way Bobby talks – he’s just too cool.

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