75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.
Would you want to start something serious with this girl?
I dunno, maybe, I guess only time will tell, I’m not sure I’m in a place for something serious just yet myself, relationships are hard work and I don’t think I’m in a place emotionally to deal with the amount of work they take if you know what I mean? I dunno, I’m just a bit fucked in the head and what not I guess, serious relationships kinda scare me a bit, because when you make something official that’s when it’s really in danger of being ruined, yeah, I feel like I’ve kind of babbled a bit too much but I dunno, it’s just all a bit much to think about rn. you seem very interested in my personal life anon, I don’t get why, I’m not very interesting ;o