Thursday, March 15, 2012

Where Have All the Songbirds Gone?





Our musing for the day: we lament the complete absence from the press release lexicon of these delightful turns of phrase -- "glamorous songstress"; "exciting young thrush"; "versatile song stylist"; "slinky cafe chanteuse." Come back, Lana Cantrell -- all is forgiven.

5 comments:

  1. ... or indeed, Lainie Kazan!

    However, it seems that apart from Miss Carr, their careers have taken a different turn away from "chantouserie".

    Jx

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  2. where have they all gone?

    well, lainie went to seed and never looked back.

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  3. Sadly the media and advertisers think that children are the ones to direct their marketing campaigns.

    "Tonight Only the lovely song stylings of Ms Brittney Spears..."

    It's a recession dammit! Mommy and Daddy aint got no money to give to the kids so stop directing towards their empty pockets.

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  4. ...and Kathleen Turner as Vikki Carr!

    Soooooooo glad to have you back TJB!!!

    xoxo

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  5. "We had VOICES then!" -- or something like that. I fell in love with Lana Cantrell when I was 15 in 1966 and over the years have had all her LPs converted to CDs -- at insane expense -- and of course have loved her 1996 compilation album, the only CD she ever made, from old recordings. I appreciate that she wanted to become an attorney (she has since retired) but there are so many good lawyers and so few great chanteuses! :( Seriously, though I only saw her live once, this woman had it all -- a voice and interpretive skills to rival Garland at her best, and the most delightful tomboyish gamine quality. She said in an interview with a local Long Island newspaper several years ago, in the town where she lives, that she can still sing. How I wish she'd do so publicly. To hear her take on "Let Yourself Go" alone would be worth a fortune to me.

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