Even the most obliviously optimistic among us have to admit that we live in dark times, however one defines that phrase. I don’t know if there are sure-fire ways of making fear vanish permanently, but I do know that being able to focus on light and beauty is at least a temporary cure. And the lovely thing about recorded music is that one can return to it over and over. Side effects may include a brightening of one’s psychic vistas. Go ahead, operate heavy machinery.
In that spirit, here is another installment of the magic that Barbara Rosene and Jon Davis created on December 8, 2019, at Mezzrow on West Tenth Street. I first encountered Barbara fifteen years ago when her repertoire often seemed to delve into the perky, the sassy, the naughty.
As we all have changed, her approach has deepened: she sings of the eternal truths: not just of a desirable man who is six feel of tangible goodness, but of the courage it takes to fall in love and risk failure; the hopes one has for the future; immersions in feeling no matter what the odds. She is braver and wiser, and although I was immediately struck by the beauty of her voice when I first heard her, it is immensely more beautiful now.
You can marvel at it yourself in these four performances. They won’t make the news go away, but they will give you space to have lovely clear thoughts of the best acts we are capable of as loving beings, brave enough to live tenderly.
FOOLS RUSH IN:
IT HAD TO BE YOU:
TIME AFTER TIME:
ON A CLEAR DAY:
In this brand-new era of Social Distancing, Barbara is its very opposite. Even if she sang six to eight feet away from you, you would feel her warmth and her deep understanding of lyrics and melody. And there is no Distance between her, the songs, and our hearts.
May your happiness increase!