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I mentioned I’m planning music for a funeral. Appurtenant to that, I have a lot of technical and historical musical questions. None will be answered. I will come back to that in a minute.
Example: Kate just played a recording of “Summertime” that is really beautiful. It also sounds to me quite a lot like the vocal quality and style of the deceased. I thought it was of Renee Fleming but the Boatwife said, “no, it is so and so.” Some black singer. Mom was a beautiful fair-skinned, Scotch-English-German blue-eyed blond but she sang just like a black woman, now that I think of it. She loved Ella, we love Ella.
Anyway, I’d like to hear a historical and technical vocal and artistic analysis of this subject. That singer as a voice, and as a historical figure; this interpretation of the song, etc.
But at a certain point late in life, a technical, historical person can have a lot of technical and historical questions like this that can’t be looked up anywhere. The information can only be ascertained by interviewing certain experts. In this case, only one expert: Gigi.
Gigi’s no longer available for questions, as I hope you understand!
Here is the point:
- No doubt, you yourself will soon lose the availability of unique sources of information that is important to you.
- My recommendation is that, as you talk to these loved ones, that you somehow record what they say.
First, because they will tell you so many interesting things about their lives, and you will say to yourself, “I’ve got to remember that!” but you won’t.
Second, because there are so many things that these people lived through, that are important and that you knew nothing about, not even enough to ask. They just pop up, and you say, “Really? Tell me more.” You forget most of these things too.Published in