Thursday is the day of the week when we will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today’s blog is entitled The Art Of The Torch Singer, a wonderful site for learning about women who are past and present torch singers.
The Art of The Torch Singer is a fairly new blog, with archives going back to 2010. The author of the blog, Piers Ford, offers blog posts covering primarily concert and album reviews, interviews with and articles concerning torch singers, one of which is a post of particular interest to the cabaret performer: “Chita Rivera and The Secret of Longevity.” (My kinda topic! And goes along with my Tuesday post on age being an asset to the cabaret performer.) Another post for the cabaret performer would include “Concert Review–An Evening With Julie Andrews at the O2, 8th May 2010.” Cabaret singer Barb Jungr is also reviewed here. The site is simply laid out, so that the focus is on the writing; for good reason, because Mr. Ford is an excellent writer and reviewer. You can also find Piers Ford on Twitter at @piersford.
Mr. Ford defines a “torch singer” as “Someone who sings about love and loss, and the pain of experience. The power of torch-singing lies in its effect on the listener. For me, it transcends musical genres.”
For the cabaret performer, this website is a wonderful resource to learn about female performers, some of whom have been overlooked by the press, yet deserve to be highlighted. If you are looking to expand your musical horizons in your next show, you will certainly be inspired as you read and learn about women who sing in many different genres, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, musical theatre and pop, but all having the common thread of singing torch songs. Mr. Ford’s articulate and detailed writing style makes it a pleasure to read his reviews; when you are done, you have a definite sense of the woman behind the music.
I have to admit that I am more of a “classic” cabaret type of listener, and so I find that most of the time I am being introduced to singers new to me when I read The Art of The Torch Singer, and this is great, because I get to learn about other women who sing and who express deep emotions through song, which is at the heart of a show that features American Songbook tunes as well.
This is another useful and entertaining site for which cabaret singers and enthusiasts will want to allow themselves ample time, because you will get sucked into this one as soon as you begin reading The Art Of The Torch Singer. I encourage you to visit this site!
Since Julie Andrews was mentioned, here is a little bit of Le Jazz Hot, from her smash film Victor/ Victoria.
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Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
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