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Loving That Man

by Niceto Festin

Romantic, sophisticated...and a little naughty.
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. Someone To Watch Over Me
5:49 album only
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2. They Say It's Wonderful
3:45 album only
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3. Bill
3:26 album only
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4. Can't Help Loving That Man
5:45 album only
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5. The Man That Got Away
4:15 album only
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6. Bewitched
3:16 album only
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7. Lover Man
4:31 album only
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8. La Vie En Rose
2:00 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I can't recall a family gathering that didn't include what came to be known as "Entertainment Time", wherein my older brother and sister, my cousins and I would perform. We would take turns singing, playing an instrument, or putting on some music and dancing. By the time of my public debut, singing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", in my kindergarten Christmas Pageant, I was hooked. If there was a stage, I wanted to be on it!

My home town of Seattle is not only a place of spectacular natural beauty, but it has more per capita theatres than any other city in the United States. This afforded me an incredible training ground, giving me a diverse variety of performing experiences; from classics on a large repertory stage to original works at the fringe theatre festival. Over the years my work as an actor has taken me all over the map.

I try to apply what I've learned over the years to my music; to approach a song as an actor, and tell the story as truthfully and honestly as I can. There is no political agenda to the music I choose. They simply are the songs that resonate for me most deeply. They bring me home. More than anything that I can think of, it is the movie musicals, from the Golden Age of Hollywood, that have influenced my taste in music. I no doubt inherited my love of the genre from my mother who is such a fan that she almost named me Gene Kelly Festin ! There was magic in those films. From early on I was enchanted by the glorious tunes and beautiful imagery. They fueled my imagination then, and continue to inspire me today.

This CD grew out of a series of concerts I began having on my birthday a few years ago. I wanted to celebrate by sharing with my friends the music that I love so much. In recording it I hope to include you as well.

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Erik Walter

A great singer
This is a terrific CD. Of course, it has a gay slant to it, but these are some beautiful songs whether you're straight or gay. Niceto has an equally beautiful voice, rich and warm and full of emotion. I loved this album.
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Beth Tallman

This CD is a 'must have' for any gay man!!
I love this CD. It takes you through the full cycle of relationships. From that great wonderful feeling of a new love to the heartbreak and pain of it ending. Niceto Festin has a beautiful baritone voice and takes traditional 'female' classic romance songs and recreates these classics from a gay man’s perspective. A must have for every gay man’s CD collection!!! Great for cocktail parties and commitment ceremonies.
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Rob Lester-Talkin Broadway

The first four letters of (Nice-to) it will give you an idea of how this man's
UNDER THE RADAR

Our weekly nod to a not-very-well-known CD that was released without much fanfare, but will find some fans.

NICETO FESTIN
LOVING THAT MAN
Day For Night Productions

I don't even know how to pronounce his first name, but the first four letters of it will give you an idea of how this man's CD sounds. While we're in sincere mode, I'd like to tell you about the debut recording of a singer named Niceto Festin. He reeks of sincerity in an unpretentious way. Without trying for tricks or fussy phrasing, he presents his material and serves the songs rather than showing off. He sounds comfortable with the material. Talkin' Broadway, there are well-known standards like "They Say It's Wonderful" from Annie Get Your Gun, two songs from Show Boat and "Bewitched" Pal Joey. Festin sounds as sincere in his approach to these famous tunes as anyone discussed above. He has a breathy quality with strength when he chooses to belt, and some nice low notes. No, he's not stunning in that goosebump kind of way. He's just good company for you if you're in a loving frame of mind.

The songs were written for and introduced by women and concern being in love with a man. The singer happens to be openly gay and chose to sing the lyrics to these ballads without changing the pronouns. It comes across almost matter-of-factly and though it's a clear choice from the album title and brief liner notes, it's not a gimmick overwhelming the listening experience. In the Show Boat numbers, "Bill" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" it is more pervasive because the lyrics repeatedly refer to the man in question, but it doesn't sound at all self-conscious or coy. Thus, it's not the focus. The concept will attract some customers who want to be able to listen to a man croon about loving another man, but I find that his honesty in such an approach is consistent with the unpretentious way he sings. Period.

The arrangements and keyboard accompaniment are by W. Brent Sawyer and, here again, there's a love for the songs and understated sophistication. On a few tracks, he gets to spread his wings a little more, and even get gently jazzy. His presence is graceful and adds greatly to the romantic feel. Bass and percussion are present and pleasant, but this is mostly about piano. The CD is shamefully short in length, clocking in at 33 minutes with just 8 songs, but hopefully he has more to pour his ready heart into next time around.

We'll be looking for and at some more proudly gay artists who have albums "out" to acknowledge Gay Pride Week at the end of the month, but since June is bustin' out all over as of this week, here's a recommended heads-up and a head start.

And so ends our column of sincere singing. It's been a sincere pleasure to tell you about these recordings and to seek out more for next week, because there is life after the Tony Awards. There's always interesting theatrical music and we'll be listening for you.


-- Rob Lester
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