music mommas

26 Jul

we’ve had such moody weather this month of july and each day starts off all overcast (or at least i like to think it’s overcast and not mucky gray pollution). music mommas needs a little gumption today, so i’m pullin’ out the big guns. billie holiday, a force.

billie holiday recorded the song “summertime” in 1936 (composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Dubose Heyward), which is one of my favorite songs sung by her.

One of these mornings, you’re goin’ to rise up singin’
Then you spread your wings and you’ll take the sky

her voice often reminded me of something liquid, something fierce that could move around a room any which way it so desired. and did so. 

holiday’s life was often overshadowed by tragedy. she spent her childhood in and out of various homes, courts and protective services. she was raped and a victim of drug abuse. in her adult years, although she experienced notoriety she was criminally charged with possession and spent her last moments in life under arrest. she died tragically young at age 44. here is a woman who sang from the heart, or so it seemed. i suppose we’ll never really know where her inspiration came from, why she sang, to whom she sang for, but i for one am happy she found her voice.

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