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From time to time it becomes apparent that a few of you bipeds out there need a tad of culture if you know what I mean. So here goes…
Before you watch/listen to the vid below, it’s appropriate that you have an extremely brief background on the performer – Billie Holiday, a black American jazz and blues vocalist… She was born in 1915, and died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 44. She was raped when she was 11, a prostitute by the age of 14, and ended up in jail/prison several times. Along the way, Ms. Holiday fought a losing fight with both alcohol and heroin… And with that less-than-happy backdrop…
Billie Holiday performed with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman… and could (and did) easily sell out Carnegie Hall. She was and is a keystone in all popular music.
If you take away nothing else from this blog, take away this… The video above is that of one of the most honest vocalists who’s ever lived. (When she sings, “He beats me too…” she knows what she’s singing about.) In all its dark alluring frankness, this is precisely the sound of a human soul suffering to death.
* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.