Spencer Day rocked his Jazz sounds well at Rockwell: Table & Stage, on Jan. 30.
Paul Cartwright is the mandolinist and violinist, John Storie is the guitarist, Nate Lotz is the drummer and Erik Kertes is the bassist whom accompanied Day. Cartwright, Storie and Kertes provided backup vocals. John Randall was a special guest.
After opening Day’s recital with “Here I Go Again”, he mentioned it was the last day of his one-month residency at the venue. Then, he sat down on the piano bench and talked about the most important season to the Angelenos in attendance, the award season. He joked about how much “Natural Born Killers” was an inspiration and the audience laughed. As the laughs faded away, he went onto play “Movie Of Your Life”.
When “Movie Of Your Life” came to an end, Day complimented the accurate layout of Hollywood Boulevard in the film, “Gangster Squad”. He spoke of his upbringing in Utah and how it was just like France, minus the wine. He humored the audience with how he wanted to sing like Judy Garland at the age of 5, the Tupperware and neighborhood watch parties his town held and their fixation with Jello.
Before Day’s rendition of Ritchie Cordell’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”, he spoke of the confusion he felt after Jodie Foster’s speech at the 2013 Golden Globes. He managed to tie it in with his childhood and compared it to the odd language and lack of vocabulary he had, when he was child. Then, he tried to understand the concept of his parent’s marriage and described it as a hybrid of “Brokeback Mountain”, “Sleeping With The Enemy” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It”?
Day remembered when his roommate suggested he take classes at Los Angeles City College, after he heard him sing. To encourage him, he gave him his first keyboard. Then, he revealed he will be having an album release party at the venue on Mar. 12 and invited everyone. Afterwards, he chronicled Abraham Lincoln’s life with “Mary Lincoln”.
“Mystery of You”, “Black Rock City”, a cover of Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come”, “Joe”/”Vagabond”, “Ernie’s Hollywood Party”, “Something Wicked”, “I Don’t Want To Know”, “Lost In Los Angeles”, “Mary Lincoln”, “Love and War”, “Shadow Man”, “The Answer”, “Going Home”, “Until You Come To Me” and “Angel Eyes” were also part of Spencer Day’s set.