Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mercoledi Musicale

My room mate Ray introduced me to Jane Olivor back when we were just young lads doing the emerging bar and club scene in Toronto in the 1970s. She was just what young gay boys needed to wallow in when that person didn't ask you to dance at the August Club - or even worse asked you to dance once and then never again. And she was a nice change from Barbra telling us all about People Who Need People but just as dramatic!

Listening to Olivor today I can see how she had such appeal at the time - we all knew it was going to happen Some Enchanted Evening!

Though I now find her style is a bit mannered she does have the ability to touch the heart. I was never much of a John Denver fan but her version of Annie's Song has a simplicity and honesty that give that song more meaning than I thought possible.

20 maggio - San Bernardino da Siena


evilganome said...

I used to have a roommate who was a huge Jane Oliver/Barbara Streisand fan. It kind of spoiled the whole thing for me.

sageweb said...

Oh I love her!! I am now a new fan!!! Wow!

yellowdog granny said...

i swear!..i knew sage was going to say that..haha
i on the other hand prefer john denvers version.ha

Elizabeth said...

I haven't thought about her in years, since the days when I was a young hag-lette and was going to clubs with my boys. When we went to Studio 54 (!), the boys were all hoping she'd be there that night. Sadly, no celebs at all were there and we just had to make do with semi-nude rollerskating waiters. Hard life.

Sling said...

Thanks Will!..Ms. Olivor gives a poignant rendition of one of my favorite songs. :)