Baby Get Lost !
Let’s talk a little about one of the songs I’ve chosen to sing for my videos, ‘Baby Get Lost’ a tune written by Leonard Feather and Billy Moore Jr.
Billie Holiday recorded this song With Buster Harding And His Orchestra on Decca Records, 1949.
Not too many vocalists have covered this song, there was of course Dinah Washington who brought it to top of the charts in 1949. More recently, Queen Latifah covered the song on her jazz album… and who just portrayed Bessie Smith ‘Empress of the Blues’ in a film about her Life. More about Bessie Smith and that film… later.
Billie Holiday is the first vocalist I’d ever heard that made me turn my head. It was quite different than what I was listening to at the time…so she opened the door in a way where I found a whole new world of treasures, of discovering jazz and blues…Oh what depth, feeling and artistry she could convey… I listened to her, then others and I sang, oh so quietly to myself, playing with the melodies. I listened to alot of music for a long time, perhaps even making mental notes that I want to learn that… collecting songs to learn…way before I ever got up and sang in front of an audience. My passion for the music and vocalizing lay dormant for quite awhile.
Well, here I am… better late than never!