Sunday, April 07, 2002

Song of the day: "One for My Baby and One More for the Road," not by Sinatra this time but by Ida Lupino in the 1948 melodramatic noir "Road House." She's new in some dump of a town, gets a job singing in a lounge. Her voice a rasp from too many cigarettes--like an early, but very feminine Tom Waits--but the playing and the convicition she puts into the song has every bum in the joint mesmerized. They feel her pain, and she feels theirs.

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