Monday, July 28, 2008

HUMOUR: Some musical eddycation for us all...

Florence Foster Jenkins is one of my all-time favourite sopranos.

As the wikipedia entry on this esteemed soprano points out, Jenkins "became famous for her complete lack of rhythm, pitch, tone, and overall singing ability." Her musical ability (or lack thereof) was improved by an injury sustained in a taxi crash, after which she found she "could sing a higher F than ever before".

In other words, she gives hope to all of us lesser mortals that maybe we're not so bad after all.

I'll end this brief eddycation lession with a quote from the great lady herself, and a Youtube recording of her unique vocal instrument.

    "People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."
    -- Florence Foster Jenkins.


Rosi Crane said...

She was a famous socialite in her own time, would book venues like the Carnegie Hall, and fill it with friends who would come to hear her sing. I remember my fellow students absolutely cracking up one summer school when we were studing the Operas of Mozart, with John Drummond.

daharja said...

I can believe it.

We had many intoxicated evenings back in Melbourne spent listening to Flo and her partner in crime, whose voice always reminded me of Elmer Fudd.

Ah! The heady days of youth!

But now, of course, we have Wing :-)