And add a sip of cognac.
an early 20th
flamed up in
Jazz Age (and
and sung: The
and many, many
album is Frank
Of all the
Torch song and
in a strange,
She didn't have the best voice, or perfect pitch, or the remarkable musical
phrasing of Holiday and Sinatra, but she could deliver a song that was so
initimately torched, so privately burnt that it lingered long after the music
stopped. Like Holiday, Morgan lived what she sang with her inner life wide
open. She delivered in a way that her listeners could "see" as well hear.
Her life caught up to her and ended at age 41.
Polly Bergen died at 84. She was a fine singer and a good actress. She was
acclaimed for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Morgan's life on the
famed Playhouse 90 television series and for a beautiful award-winning
album of Helen Morgan's songs.
She came close but couldn't quite capture what Morgan did... simply
because she didn't live the life.
The burning heart - loneliness from love lost, love remembered, forgotten
dreams.The Torch Song is gone. Probably because the audience for it is
dying out. More so, there are few, if any, singers today who can deliver a
song with only a piano behind them or a subdued trio... no throbbing
percussion, no ejaculating bass, just the singer and her lyrics. It's a sad loss.
The burning heart is as lonely as ever.