Monday, February 9, 2009

SHE SMILED SOME SUNSHINE DOWN OUR WAY: With sadness, we note the passing on Saturday of jazz singer Blossom Dearie.

Among her best known songs was "I'm Hip", about which Stephen Holden of the NYT wrote:
If you listened closely, you could hear the scathing contempt she brought to one of her signature songs, “I’m Hip,” the Dave Frishberg-Bob Dorough demolition of a namedropping bohemian poseur. Ms. Dearie was for years closely associated with Mr. Frishberg and Mr. Dorough.

Dearie was also known for her wistful romanticism, particularly in her interpretations of Jobim compositions such as "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" and "Wave."

Dearie sang several songs from the children's educational series Schoolhouse Rock! such as "Mother Necessity", "Figure Eight", and "Unpack Your Adjectives".

She will be missed.

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