Saturday, December 31, 2011
Barbara Cook, a lifetime of giving her song to the world ~ and we are grateful!
Dear Friends and Readers,
On this last day of the Year 2011 I wish you all peace, fulfillment, and happiness in the year ahead. Some people believe that 2012 is the year the world will end (Mayan Calendar) and others are filled with dread that another year of economic downturn is upon us.
But I say, let 2011 go and embrace 2012 with a song. While I was recovering from a nasty flu virus this week a friend send me an email and said, "Turn on the TV and watch the Kennedy Center Awards and listen to Barbara Cook sing. Her singing will heal you."
I'd never heard of Barbara Cook and this is quite strange, since she was singing when I lived in New York City and loved Broadway musicals. So it's astonishing that I'd never heard her rare and clear soprano soaring above an audience or intimately embracing a cabaret crowd.
Now, that I've heard her, I'll never stop listening! I not so much starstruck ~ as Song-struck. Here are some of my favorite You Tube clips -- and you also might be moved, as I was, by her story. Her recovery. And her nine decades of devotion to the music that opens our hearts.
As a longtime singer myself, I'm so cheered by the fact that her voice is getting better with age -- darker and more resonant, not the sometimes overly bright lights of youth, but the mature and seasoned wisdom of so long living.
Happy New Year and yours in harmony. Keep singing!
Here's a You Tube of the Kennedy Center Honors with clips from her musical history:
And a terrific NPR interview with her "My Life is Work in Progress"
Posted by Brenda S. Peterson at 1:52 PM