Old School Friday: Freedom Songs

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

This week's OSF theme is "Freedom Songs."

Billie Holiday is an old school favorite. She sang 'Strange Fruit' as a protest song, but IMO it's also a plea for freedom.. to be freed from racism and slavery and to be free of all the pain & suffering African Americans had to face during those times.

Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit

If you're a fan of musicians and not just music, then you can probably appreciate the way Joni Mitchell can capture your attention with just her voice and her guitar. She didn't need all the glitz, bling and various stage props and distractions that many top artists need today.

Joni Mitchell: Cactus Tree

Have a safe holiday!


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  1. Very good choices. Great singers never need much glitz and noise and back up dancers.
    Enjoy the 4th.

  2. My husband and I were just talking about this subject the other day. Performances are much too noisy and distracting today...not enough substance...new generation, I suppose.

    Nevertheless, Lady Sings the Blues is one of my all-time favorite movies and Billie Holiday truly was a phenomenal talent.

    I still get chills just listening to that song and envisioning the pictures I've seen.

    If you're not familiar with Eva Cassidy, she's someone you should check out. She's passed on now, but her cut "Song Bird" will have you crying a river of tears if it catches you at the right time because it's so beautiful. She also stole Sting's Fields of Gold. Eva was an incredible talent.

  3. Thanks Jacqueline! You know I'm going to go check her out and I will probably do a spotlight.

    PS - Look for a shout out! :-)

  4. Awesome! and no one does it like Lady Day!

  5. Love Billie Holiday and this song always makes me sad & happy, sad because of what was, and happy because we will never hang from anyones trees again

  6. I agree. I don't think I would have lasted long back then. It's not in my nature to be submissive.

  7. Don't know if my commenttook -computer crash. So just in case here it is again.

    You know I loves me some Billie! I posted her a couple of weeks back. And Joni, well you know I've been digging her for a long time ever since...{singing}pave paradise put up a parking lot!


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