Song of the Week: Take It Right Back by Bessie Smith


I first heard this song as part of the London Cast Recording of ‘Blues in the Night’, where it’s performed by a group of women and a lot more upbeat.  I’ve chosen it as song of the week because I think it fits with the sentiment of my last post.

Bessie Smith is an amazing blues singer that I’ve been listening to a lot recently, and I just love her version of the song.  She had an interesting life, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.  Smith became the highest paid black entertainer of the day, heading her own shows, which sometimes featured as many as 40 troupers, and touring in her own railroad car.

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Song of the week: Happy Days Are Here Again – Get Happy


This week I’ve been re-ordering my ipod, adding podcasts, removing duplicates and sorting out new playlists.

I’ve got over 1200 tracks that fall under the ‘Musicals’ playlist, which is a little ridiculous really.  Equally ridiculous is my ‘Glee’ playlist which has over 700 tracks.  My brother is ashamed of my love for Glee, but I’m celebrating it, especially now that it is finishing its run in the US.

I’m a Glee fan, I have the board game, all the DVDs and two Glee karaoke games for my Wii.  (I really need to get those moved up here)

I was one of those kids in school, I was in every choir, I auditioned for (nearly) every production.  I made some great friends through our shared love of musicals, cheesy pop and singing together.  When Glee started I loved it, because it was loud and brash and in your face.  It was brilliant.  It dealt with issues around love, loss, struggles, sexuality, gender identity, discovering who you are and standing up for that in the face of everything that the world might throw at you.  Not every episode was a classic, not every cover was particularly great, but there were always funny one liners and Sue Sylvester.

 

I could have chosen ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as my tribute to Glee for this week’s song, but instead I’ve picked something a little bit more low key that also goes with my love of musicals.

 

I’ve posted two clips of the song below, the first is the original from Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, of course both complete legends who just blend together beautifully.  The second is Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (Rachel and Kurt) from the show.  To be honest, there’s at least 20 I could list as my favourite, but this just makes me want to sing both parts over and over.

 

 

The Bus


The rain falls steadily on the roof of the shelter.  Four large drips fall in the doorway, I had to make my way through them as I came in.  The rain has built to a sudden frenzy and is relentless.  There are small rivers running along the road and down the hill.  I back up against the wall of the shelter as the traffic rushes past, bring up tidal waves from the run off they pass through.

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