Archive for September, 2009

John sings “Remember Me” on 9/11 TV Tribute

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

John appeared live on Shannon Taylor’s September 8th “Conversations” program on New York’s MNN Channel 56, along with artists Jim Cohen and Ed Cusati. John, introduced by Lee Drexler, opened the show with his moving tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, “Remember Me.” Jim Cohen followed with his song of healing, “Tikun Olam” (“Repair the World”), accompanied by Ed Cusati, who followed it with a solo of another song by Jim, “Dreaming of You.” Ed then performed a song of his own, “Carried By Angels,” a touching remembrance of a friend who died in the Flight 800 tragedy, and particularly apt for a 9/11 tribute program. Ed closed with another original song, “Pearl Diver.” The show concluded with John’s explanation of how “Remember Me” came to be written. John also taped his humorous song, “See Alice” for a future “Conversations” program. (Both of John’s songs can be heard on his most recent CD, “Side Effects.”)

John’s song, “The Red Sox Lament” selected as part of iTunes Baseball Mix

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

“The Red Sox Lament,” John’s “tribute to the once star-crossed baseball team who, after their 86-year drought, staged an historic comeback against their arch-rival New York Yankees and went on to win the World Series in a four-game sweep. John (now it can be told) is a Yankee fan, who wrote “the Lament” from the perspective of a multi-generational Red Sox fan, completed his recording in August ’04, less than two months before the Red Sox “reversed the curse.” He did, however, update the song to include the Sox’s 2004 turnaround, and, whenever he performs the song “live,” includes the version with the happy (for Red Sox Nation) ending. “The Red Sox Lament” remains (by far) John’s most popular download, and has been included on the iTunes “Baseball Mix.” To hear John Sprung’s updated version, please go to “Hear John on the Radio,” from his 2005 appearance on Ron Olesko’s “Traditions.”