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Posted June 1, 2004
Jazz vs. Heartache I read the book Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday and William Dufty. The book itself was amazing. The way she writes about her life, her sorrows and her pains, and also about her joys and her happiness is the way Billie wants people to feel. She wants people to feel the way she felt, when she brutally describes in her book about the time she got raped when she was nine years old by this man named Mr. Dick. I mean the details and the type of language she uses was fantastic. I loved every minute of reading and every time I turned the page I couldn¿t wait to read more. ¿Mom and pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen and she was sixteen and I was three.¿(Billie p.5) This quote got my full and undivided attention as it starts the book. Back in those days if a young man got a sixteen- year- old girl pregnant then they should get married, and most times they did. But in these days if an eighteen-year-old boy gets a sixteen-year-old girl pregnant they call it statutory rape, and that¿s bad. Billie¿s relationship with her mother was not on a consistent basis. For a while she had to live with her grandma and her cousin Ida, who she very much hated and who beat her all the time for no apparent reason. When her mother came back from cleaning white people¿s houses up north she came and got Billie and bought a house for them for nine hundred dollars (from the money she saved up), but soon she had to go back and live with her grandma and cousin Ida. You would think she would want to go live with her father, but her father got stuck in the draft and they never heard from him again, until he sent divorce papers to her grandma¿s house for her mother. He wanted to get a divorce so he could marry a Vietnamese girl he met in a club, where he and his band were playing at one night. Her father was a very talented guy; some say that¿s where Billie gets all her talent. But the fact that he left his family and didn¿t care about Billie or her mother didn¿t make him the ideal father to live with. Billie Holiday soon put all her frustrations into her music and she became a world renounced jazz singer, where she recorded solitude and God Bless The Child. Even when her cousin Ida told her that, what she was doing was of the devil and God wouldn¿t accept her into the place they called paradise. Do you think that stopped Billie? No, she soon recorded the chart toping songs: t¿ain¿t nobody¿s bizness if I do and Good Morning Heartache. She was able to give thanks to her mother for being a mother and a father to her as she grew up. Because Billie was black she went through lots of pains and struggles to get her music recorded. Once she finally got it done she recorded music that is still on people¿s minds and hearts today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.