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well this didn’t turn out as well as i’d hoped cuz i’m not at home with the recording studio and my voice is a little shot cuz i’ve been singing all week

so basically i did this jazz version of “stronger than you” from steven universe by rebecca sugar arranged by me. i used finale 2012 for the instruments and quicktime player to record the playback with me singing on top. you may have to turn up the volume and hopefully i’ll do a better version later

So today, I found the home that Billie Holiday and her mother Sadie shared in 1929 (151 w. 140th). This was their first New York apartment. I often visit the 87th street home, the home she lived in up until her death in 1959. What pisses me off the most is that these bookends of her life are not national landmarks. There are no plaques. No streets renamed “Billie Holdiay Way.” Nothing! There is no plaque in the West Village where Cafe Society once stood. The very place she premiered “Strange Fruit” in 1939. If you are not a jazz enthusiasts, Billie Holiday fan, or history buff you wouldn’t have no idea that she ever made history there. It’s like her story is being erased in New York. Billie is not the only legend whose history is being erased: Hazel Scott, Richard Wright, and Billy Strayhorn. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, but im going to make sure she gets the gardenias she deserves.

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