As a lifelong head-over-heels fan of the truly GREAT American band The Lovin’ Spoonful, I recently had, with wife and friends, a wonderful experience at a show called “A Spoonful of Lovin'” performed by a swell band at New York City’s excellent performance space, The Cutting Room.
At first, I hesitated going. I thought, “It’s not the real Lovin’ Spoonful, so how good could it be?” The answer was “Damn good!”
Organized and led by Mr. Tom Clark on guitar, autoharp, harmonica and vocals–and including Sal Maida, Andy Riedel, Dennis Diken, C.P. Roth and Craig Chesler, filling out the band and also contributing many vocals–these guys brought the real magic, the real heart of The Lovin’ Spoonful through their performances of many of that unforgettable band’s great songs.
Was there fidelity to the original recordings?– most definitely. But at the same time you felt the individual artistry and authentic emotion of each of the performers. The opposites that are so often made one in the music of The Lovin’ Spoonful–high energy brashness together with good-natured sweetness–were alive throughout. This was clearly a labor of love, and I thank them for a wonderful night.
They only perform this show a couple times a year, folks, so I’m telling you now: If you ever get the opportunity, “Just go and listen, it’ll start with a smile you won’t wipe off your face no matter how hard you try!”