November 26, 2004
McMillan and Carrey Sittin In A Tree
By Sarah Rodman
Will McMillan and Bobbi Carrey know a little something about love. Or
at least what a lot of great songwriters, philosophers, authors and famous
folk have had to say about the topic.
In preparation for the release of their splendid concept CD If I
Loved You, the dynamic local cabaret duo scoured the Internet and
Bartletts Familiar Quotations for thoughtful musings on amour. They
use the quotations in the CD booklet and in their live show of the same
name to accompany tunes by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Billy
Joel, among others.
One of the best is by Carl Jung and could well describe the pair: The
meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances:
If there is any reaction, both are transformed.
In other words, McMillan and Carrey have chemistry, and it is in abundant
evidence on the 16-song release, which covers love in all its permutations
including that between parents and children, friends, lovers and, of course,
When they sing the Stephen Sondheim classic The Little Things You
Do Together about the joys and frustrations of partnership and marriage,
McMillan and Carrey sound like they know exactly whereof they sing. And
they do, just not with each other.
The first thing (my boyfriend) said to me after seeing us sing was,
Its a good thing that I knew Will was gay because it wouldve
completely freaked me out, Carrey said with a laugh. The platonic
pairs intimate harmonies will be on display at Scullers in Boston
Theres plenty of love between the friends, however, and it shows
not only in the delicate intertwining of their voices on If I Loved
You but in the way they amiably and easily finish each others
thoughts in an interview.
Youve got the yin and the yang, said Carrey, beaming
McMillan handles public relations for the Cambridge Center of Adult Education,
where he also runs a cabaret series. Carrey is now all about her singing.
As a senior vice president of marketing at Fidelity in a previous life,
Carrey tends more toward the analytical, while McMillan, with his poetic
sailing metaphors and talk of chakras, leans toward the intuitive.
The pair meet in the middle with their music. Normally solo acts, Carrey
and McMillan were mutual admirers until 1999, when a friend introduced
them, kick-starting their collaboration.
Previous shows have featured the songs of Irving Berlin, Rodgers, Hammerstein
and Lorenz Hart as well as famous film and stage music. If I Loved
You grew out of their desire to put together a compilation of those
shows. But as they assembled their favorites, they noticed the love theme
emerging. They checked the calendar - it was early February - and light
bulbs went off in their PR and marketing minds.
Quotes and images and stage banter turned into a full-fledged show and,
following a sellout at Scullers, the idea for the CD was born.
The process of collaboration, even with all its emotional peaks and valleys,
has only solidified the pairs friendship. Said McMillan, We
are learning as time goes on to honor and respect how different we are
rather than getting stuck on how different we are.
Sounds like good advice for anyone in love.
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