It's been a while since I've posted. Again, it isn't as if I have nothing to write about, but the things I want to write about I'm beginning to think are far to personal to share or might not be read in the same frame from which they were written.
I should just get over myself and write. I have always found it cathartic, and if there's one thing I need nowadays, it's catharsis. Especially tonight.
News flashed of the passing of Lena Horne.
I'm not sure how many people are familiar with her these days. I remember watching television in the 70s and the staple, in those days, was the variety show. And Lena, along with so many others were staples of television back then.
But of course she was much more than just a frequent guest of a summer variety show, or a late night talk show. She was a star. And she was black.
There's a wonderful obituary to her in the New York Times that basically says-the only thing that stopped her from being a mega star was the color of her skin. How amazing to think that we lived in a time where that could be a determination of someone's future...that is to say the color of their skin. But then again, we have the whole thing in Arizona going on so maybe we're not that far removed after all.
In reviewing all the footage of Ms. Horne singing, it is perhaps the one below that was her most famous. She went on to record a tremendous amount of records and was, at one time, the top seller for RCA Victor of any female vocalist in their history. Just goes to show you that skin color doesn't really matter if you've got something to offer and Lena Horne had a great deal of talent to offer.
So here's her signature song. But check out You Tube, there's much more of her, and it's all good.
Goodbye Ms Horne, we'll miss you.