mental indigestion

Soulful Billie August 27, 2007

Filed under: Kay poh recommendations — mel @ 9:40 pm

Ironically, it’s my students’ introduction to the “Gloomy Sunday” (aka Hungarian Suicide Song – such emo beings they are) that compelled me to pick up a $6.50 Billie Holiday CD last weekend at some reject CD shop. And boy, what an entrancing listen it has been (especially combined with groggy runny nose medication). I used to find her voice a little strange, but now, somehow, I am finally able to her sense her sorrow and pain. Like Ella Fitzgerald, she sings with soul, unlike that Bubble guy and those sweet young things trying to sound as smoky as possible.

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