The Cubs resident national anthem singer, John Vincent, knocked it out of the park at The Garlands of Barrington with three live, mini-concerts.
John spoke and sang from the heart to honor Garlands members, the front-line team members who care for them, and Barrington police officers amid a backdrop of Garlands trees in full, spring bloom.
The captive audience — many sporting Cubbies blue — watched from balconies, patios, grassy spots and picnic benches, some videotaping, waving “W” flags, and singing along, especially to John’s emotional rendition of “God Bless America.”
The May 22 performance was part of John’s “Spreading Some Love” (not the virus!) tour, a gig that started in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department to bring joy to Chicago senior community residents during the COVID-19 quarantine.
“If you can make people happy, that’s what’s important in life, especially now,” said John, who donated his time and talent to “spread some love” in conjunction with RBI Chicago, Sugar Factory, Treblemonsters and Bring Out The Creative.
Beyond ballpark-favorite songs, John’s playlist of Frank Sinatra’s “My Kind of Town,” Louis B. Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and other classic covers inspired hope and a sense of togetherness during this time when many, especially some older folks, are feeling disconnected and even a bit lonely.