Thursday, October 09, 2008

Billie Holiday Music Tribute Bag

Truth be told, this bag has been finished for a few weeks, but I've been putting off this posting for fear of doing a disservice to Holiday's legacy (or her other fans)...this is actually the first bag in my series that features an artist from an era completely prior to my lifetime. I grew up on Rakim, was around for all of Dilla and DOOM's releases, managed to catch most of Hancock's forays into fusion and beyond, and was even able to appreciate the godfather of soul in his later days. But Holiday - "Lady Day" - that seems like an entirely different realm to me. And while I absolutely love her voice and appreciate her story, I honestly feel that she deserves a better tribute than "I love this song, I remember listening to this album, etc." in this case I'm simply going to post a few songs read all about her from a more qualified source, check this out


Odoacer said...

Strange Fruit is such an interesting song. It's got to be one of the few (if not only) songs where the whole lyric is about lynchings, a subject most artists wouldn't touch with a 10-mile pole.

I'm glad a songwriter had the guts to talk about it. It's a subject that needs to be discussed, one that too many people are all too glad to have amnesia over.