A Trio of Formidable Females

Wilson, Evora, Peyroux

The iPod served these three songs up in a 12 hour period, playing on random, as usual. For two of them, I was walking around Osaka in the winter rush hour, shooting pictures, and these women stopped me in my tracks — all three albums are equally up to snuff):
Cassandra Wilson – I’ve Grown Accustomed to his Face (Blue Skies; 1990)
Cesaria Evora – Xandinha (Cesaria; 2003)
Madeleine Peyroux – Between the Bars (Madeleine Peyroux; 2004)
Madeleine, whose Billy Holliday things wears thin sometimes, has nonetheless, an immense talent. What she does with the following lyrics blows your socks off:
Drink up, baby
Stay up all night
Things you could do
You won’t but you might
The potential you’ll be
You’ll never see
Promises you’ll only make
Drink up with me now
And forget all about
Pressure of days
Do what I say
And I’ll make you okay
And drive them away
Images stuck in your head
People you’ve been before
That you don’t want around anymore
That push and shove and won’t bend to your will
Iíll keep them still
Drink up, baby
Look at the stars.
And I’ll kiss you again
Between the bars
Where i’m seeing you there
With your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time
And I’ll make you mine
And keep you apart
Deep in my heart
Separate from the rest
Where I like you the best
Keep the things you forgot
The people you’ve been before
That you don’t want around anymore
That push and shove and won’t bend to your will
I’ll keep them still

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