That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Spanked on the Global Stage" from last night and
Kat's "Kat's Korner: The Real and The Synthetic" also went up yesterday. It notes the death of Amy Winehouse. Jeffrey Brown (PBS NewsHour) reports:
Amy Winehouse, the young British performer who was known for her big, soulful voice and her contribution to the revival of the 1960s sound in pop music as much for her battle with substance abuse, died Saturday at age 27 in her hometown of London. The cause is not yet known.
Winehouse was born on Sept. 14, 1983. Her mother, Janis, was a pharmacist and her father, Mitch, was a taxi driver and a one-time semi-professional singer. Winehouse grew up listening to his jazz records but also loved rap and girl bands from the '60s. At 16, she was discovered by a record producer and signed to Universal. Her first album, "Frank," was released in Britain when she was 19.At Jezebel -- the middle class website for the women who watch Desperate Housewives for the 'reality' -- you've got a woman trashing Amy over and over because Katy Parry's husband said Amy was better than Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
Sorry high yellow, she was better than Ella. A tisket a tasket Ella was always more popular with White people. High yellow must have missed that. In addition, Ella wasn't a passionate singer. She was really White bread, to be honest.
Is Amy better than Billie?
I wouldn't start that competition. But since Jezebel bitch did, I think we could say yes.
Billie did not, DID NOT, write the lyrics to "Strange Fruit." She gets credit but she did not actually write them. Here's Wikipedia:
In her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, Holiday suggested that she, together with Lewis Allan, her accompanist Sonny White, and arranger Danny Mendelsohn, set the poem to music. The writers David Margolick and Hilton Als dismissed that claim in their work, Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song. They wrote that hers was "an account that may set a record for most misinformation per column inch". When challenged, Holiday—whose autobiography had been ghostwritten by William Dufty—claimed, "I ain't never read that book."
Amy Winehouse wrote songs. So right there, she's got talent Billie didn't have. As a singer, Billie's at her best range wise in her youth. In her youth, she's not a very good singer. As she loses her range she becomes an incredible singer. Honestly, if we're going to talk conveying emotion, Edith Piaf and Judy Garland beat both Billie and Amy. But I would give Amy the edge because she was a better singer than Billie at the same age.
Jezebel bitch is also angry because Black women are being compared to Amy and not other women. Jill Scott? Bitch, Jill Scott is an R&B singer. A great one but she's not jazzy.
Amy was one of a kind and JB needs to get over herself. I remember years ago when George Michael got nominated for a soul award and Gladys Knight had a hissy fit. I thought, "Grow up." That's what I think of JB but the jokes on me for even going to the White bread world of Jezebel to begin with.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"