At 8:15 p.m. on January 7, 2014, singer/songwriter Christine Lavin was visited by a sudden realization: she was 15 minutes late to her own show. Clad in a bathrobe, hair askew, she logged on to Concert Window and discovered that 32 people were waiting patiently for her to perform a remote solo concert from her laptop.
Lavin obliged, and offered to refund the audience’s money. But she was given permission to extend the concert, and by the time she logged off around 9 p.m., several people had tipped her extra for playing longer. Electrified, Lavin took to Facebook to share the story with her friends and fans.
“My agent and I parted ways last month and I am at a professional crossroads trying to figure out what my next move will be,” she wrote. “To think I could make some walkin' around money in my own apartment on the coldest night of the year gives me hope for the future.“
Based in New York City, Lavin has been making music for more than 30 years, but she is by no means immune to the daily struggles of independent musicianship. She has managed to cultivate a significant following with her wry, comedic musings on relationships and culture—“Sensitive New Age Guys” and “Bald Headed Men” are two of her most famous songs—and collect a number of songwriting awards from the likes of ASCAP and Singer Songwriter Magazine. Her live shows hinge on an easy, playful rapport with the audience.
After the success of her first foray into laptop performance, Lavin quickly set up another living room concert, this time with Grammy-winning songwriter Julie Gold, for January 13. And on Monday, January 20, she will host a third Concert Window show, this time with David Ippolito, the self-proclaimed Guitar Man of Central Park.
Like Lavin, Ippolito, whose long-running summer concert series in Central Park is a New York institution, writes comedic songs about love and modern society. When they get together to sing songs--and, inevitably, make jokes--Concert Window viewers will get a rare, intimate glimpse into their musical relationship. Not to mention an opportunity to support a pair of hardworking artists make walkin’ around money, without actually having to walk anywhere at all.