From David Friedman’s DVD liner notes:
In 1989, Scott Barnes had the idea to produce a series of concerts at Steve McGraw’s cabaret room to benefit the fairly new and very important organization, Equity Fights AIDS (as BC/EFA was then called.) The first of those concerts featured Alix Korey, with me at the piano. Another concert featured Laurie Beechman, again with me at the piano, and yet another featured the late Nancy LaMott. The success of these concerts led to Tom Viola, who was heading up that organization as he still is today, asking me to do an evening of my songs at Steve McGraw’s, again as a benefit for Equity Fights AIDS. The success of that concert led to the idea of doing a much larger version at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where we felt we could achieve much more visibility and raise a lot more money. That is the concert you see on these two DVD’s.
I came fairly late to songwriting, or to be more accurate, to revealing my song writing to the public. Because writing was always the scariest thing for me- so personal, so revealing- I spent many years hiding behind music directing for other composers on Broadway, in film and in live shows. This concert, because of its size and visibility, was, in a way, my “coming out” as a writer, and once it was over, I never turned back. Because of its importance to me, and because of its relevance to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs, and mostly because of the brilliant performers who graced me with their renditions of my songs, I decided to donate these DVD’s to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs, with 100% of the proceeds going to that amazing organization. I hope you enjoy it.