Monday, February 09, 2009

RIP Blossom Dearie

It's "Breaking News" on Music Monday.

Fosco is sad to note the passing of adorable jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie (incredibly, that was her real name). You can read the Times obit here. Dearie was known for her "sly, kittenish voice" and the way she

confided song lyrics in a playful style below whose surface layers of insinuation lurked.
There is something very pure about her voice, which can become surprisingly suggestive with the right song (like "Teach Me Tonight" for example). To Fosco, she sounds like the 1950s bottled. And that's not a bad thing.

Even if you think you aren't familiar with Blossom Dearie, you may be wrong--especially if you were a kid during the reign of Schoolhouse Rock. Dearie lent her voice to several of the musical PSAs, including "Unpack Your Adjectives" (below):

"You can even make adjectives out of the other parts of speech, like verbs or nouns." Word.


Jill said...

I wish I could join you.

Jill said...

Oops. I posted this at the wrong place. I wish I could join the orchestra and I grew up with school house rock. I think I've had a posting stroke. I can't seem to get it right today.

m said...

she was/is so awesome :( I'm bummed out now, man.

FOSCO said...

@Jill: Oh good--I'm glad you clarified. At first, I thought you were disagreeing that Blossom Dearie was cool. And that was going to make me sad... :(

It should be a great concert, but let's see if I make it there...

@Mere: Your own post is actually quite lovely.