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This is really weird...

No, I mean really weird... I have a little story to tell, dear cousins, that begins in those halcyon days of my youth, the 1970s. I’ve always loved female singer-songwriters, such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carly Simon and Janis Ian (who amongst us can’t identify with At Seventeen?), but the one I worshipped above all others was Dory Previn, all of whose albums I bought and whose concert at the Royal Albert Hall I dragged my husband along to see (he’s never liked her, calls her songs ‘dirges’). The thing is that, in almost 50 years, I’ve never come across anyone else who’s even heard of her, let alone liked her - until yesterday. There I was diligently researching for our Hogmanay celebration when I came across this snippet:



There she is! Favourite artistes! Up there above Frank and Tony! You could have knocked me over with a feather! This man, whose musical tastes are so much more highbrow than mine, actually put my dear Dory at the top of his list! I would never have thought her sensual songs of lost love and abandonment, of tortured souls bent on self-destruction, would appeal to a man as they are so full of female angst. Well at least I know now that if I ever have that dream wherein I meet him on a deserted beach at sunset, we can bond over our mutual admiration for this fascinating performer.

Just in case I’ve piqued your interest, here are links to three of her songs that will give you a taste of her very individual style:

Brando will resonate with anyone who’s had the slightest crush on a celebrity.

Angels and Devils The Following Day is of its time and would probably be criticised these days for its portrayal of violence towards women, but it’s still a powerful song. I remember at her concert, she said that someone had asked her if it was actually about two men or just one man with two sides to his personality. (Warning: it contains graphic lyrics.)

Atlantis is a sensual exploration of a relationship.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much and that you might want to listen to more of Dory, but if she’s not to your taste, that’s fine, because I’ve finally found someone else who appreciated her. And that’s more than enough for me. 💞
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