I first heard the wonderful singer / guitarist Sylvia Herold in 2019, and her rendition of THERE’S A CABIN IN THE PINES still evokes tears — hear it here.
Sylvia is not only a splendid musician, but she is wisely prescient. She was advising caution before it was necessary to be so. Here’s her musical advisory: pert, hilarious, and swinging. She writes, “It is extremely silly — my rendition of Fats Waller’s song The Spider and the Fly, which was derived from a famous poem written in 1829 by Mary Howitt. The poem isn’t heard much nowadays but, once, it was recited in many parlors as a cautionary tale about the dangers of yielding to flattering words.”
“Extremely silly” seems just the thing for us: an antidote to the news. Fly on, Sylvia and the Rhythm Bugs!
You’ll want to learn more about Sylvia, and the place to do it is here. But first! (as they say) some more music. Here’s the 1935 WHOSE HONEY ARE YOU (with a mildly entomological connection — dare I say “thread”?):
and Hannah, who seems even more dangerous to some than the Spider:
I found Sylvia’s lovely work quite by accident: you can now have the pleasure of discovering more of it for your day, on many CDs. Her emotional range is very reassuringly broad, her singing candid and dear. You can yield to her singing and be uplifted.
May your happiness increase!