June 2, 2009

A Tribute To Some Classy Songtresses

My musical playlist often depends on the time of year. The spring and summer months inspire my listening to some of the incomparable musical vixens of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and always, Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song. These sirens embody true class and style, more concerned with their art than of showing skin and their personal drama. They were also incredibly talented artists who pushed through the barriers of music during time periods that were volatile and challenging for women in the arts. In particular, Ella's scatting ability is unparalleled in her day and also in contemporary times. They evoke a sense of passion and often sadness their music without screaming and throwing themselves about the stage. They show it is possible to fully express the breadth of one's pain and loss in love without losing one's dignity and collapsing into a violent screaming session. Listening to these dames makes me feel classy and I hope they do the same for you!

Ella Fitzgerald - "Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered"

Billie Holiday - "My Man"

Sarah Vaughn -"Don't Blame Me"

Etta James - "At Last"

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