Tribute To A Blue Lady
Why Billie Holiday? Billie (1915 – 1959) was a complete person, a multi-faced character who lived out and experrienced every stage posible in a human lifetime, all crammed into 44 years of roller coaster highs and lows, 44 years of living in constand contradiction. The lifes of her contemporaries were, in a sense "normal", if not to say boring, in comparison. She gave the people something to talk about. There was so much more to Billie Holiday - or as she is reverently remembered " Lady Day" - then just the voice, the drugs and the scandals. She would have been a perfect case for the psycoanalyst cliché. Her childhood was so disastrous, her make-up so complex, it was clear that she was in a constant state of attempting to overcome and conquer the hardships, setbacks and injustices which befell her. She was always in a defensive position but never put the blame on on anyone else.
Tribute To A Blue Lady as a theatre piece is a compilation of 8 monologues, each supported and complemented by songs of Billies repertoire. Also the subtitles refere to famouse songs revell the text of the piece.
I. Eleonora to Billie Songs: Travelin’ All Alone Them There Eyes II. Harlem Songs: Getting Some Fun Out of Life What A Little Moonlight III. The “Little Black Bag Syndrome” Songs: I Wished on the Moon IV. Sadie and Me Songs: God Bless the Child V. On Racism Songs: T’aint Nobody’s Business If I Do VI. Looking for Love Songs: Fine and Mellow All of Me Lover Man, Oh Where Can You Be? VII. On Dope Songs: Good Morning, Heartache VIII. Decline of a Blue Lady Songs: Please Don’t Talk About Me Strange Fruit