How does one write a review of a Picasso, Mozart or Johnny Mathis? I can only write a fan letter about Johnny Mathis’s performance at NJPAC in Newark, NJ last Friday night. As Mathis walked onto the stage the audience gave him a standing ovation. We all knew we were about to witness an iconic artist at the top of his game and he did not disappoint. His glorious tenor voice was as good as ever.
Mathis seduced the audience with his romantic Henry Mancini medley consisting of Moon River, Charades and Days of Wine and Roses. Then he sang his super hits; Wonderful, Wonderful, Chances Are and It’s Not For Me to Say. The audience jumped to their feet and screamed with excitement.
I will go out on a limb and say that Mathis’s silken voice was responsible for many of the love affairs of the couples in the audience. His unique singing style is very hard to put into words it has to be experienced.
I grew up with Mathis’s music and as I was listening to the familiar voice and music, wonderful memories of my teenage years flooded into my brain.