John will be performing live as part of the Ditmas Acoustic Concert Series at “The Sanctuary,” on 83 Marlborough Road at 7:00 p.m. The Sanctuary is located at Temple Beth Emeth in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, and is easily accessible by subway (Take the Q to Church Avenue, and walk to the corner of Marlborough Road). By car (from Manhattan or New Jersey), take the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the Prospect Expressway to the first left after the traffic light (Beverly Road) off Ocean Parkway. Take Beverly to Marlborough, turn left, and park where you can. You’ll be just two blocks from the Temple, which is on the corner of Marlborough and Church. John will be doing songs of others, as well his own compositions, including “Remember Me,” in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as well as other numbers from his most recent CD, “Side Effects.” The show will be a mixture of songs (like life) both funny and sad, but always of hope. Admission will be $10. The Sanctuary is a beautiful setting, and intimate enough so that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The acoustics are also excellent, so please come. (Also performing on the bill will be bAD, an eclectic “Bollywood” influenced band.)
In a non-musical context, John has established a blog, which you may access by going to “folklawandmore.” On the blog, John addresses issues great and small, funny and serious. Most importantly, he welcomes viewer feedback, and will respond to each comment personally.
For those of you who have heard John either on the radio or from his CDs, here’s a recent video just uploaded to youtube of John singing “See Alice” from an appearance on the Shannon Taylor cable tv show elsewhere referenced on this website. (That’s Lee Drexler featured giving some kind post-performance kudos and a reference to this website. Thanks, Lee!) “http://www.youtube.com/watch?=3oHTfabr_G8″> You can also, of course, go to youtube, “search” for John Sprung and find it that way. Enjoy!
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.”)
“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.”