It didn’t take long for entertainer Jeff Mangum to invite his guests to sing along with him when he performed at Manhattan’s Town Hall last week. “So,” he asked, “are you guys going to sing?” he urged. The response was slow at first, but after a little more encouragement from Mangum, many more guests joined in with “Ghost.” Following his rendition of the song, he explained why he so wanted his guests to join him. In a news article he said that when everyone joined in, it made everything “more human.” He used to sing for his friends he added, as he asked for the lights to be put on so he could see everyone.
Those who managed to get tickets for the event had no doubt waited a long time to see Mangum perform. Indeed, it has been nearly 10 years since Mangum has performed in public, due to the very intense private period he adopted after the success that became a cult of “In the Aeroplane.” He did return last May, but that was for a benefit performance for a friend who was sick and he insisted it wasn’t to signify “the start of a comeback.” But, as they say, man plans, God laughs and with Mangum it appears that this is exactly what happened.