July 30, 2009

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee - 1961
Brenda Lee used to figure heavily in the young feeder's impure thoughts. I've tried to analyze her voice; it never seemed to match her age. It has a breathy skip to it that you seldom hear in a young girl. A good example of this vocal feature can be heard in this YouTube video clip of "All Alone am I".

The Wikipedia entry on Brenda claims that her "popularity faded in the late 1960s as her voice matured". I would put it differently, maybe her voice 'changed', but I thought Brenda's voice was mature when she was a teenager.

Brenda Lee is still performing. She's scheduled to be in Wichita August 14th. I don't think I'll go. I don't want to risk damaging the naughty image of her I conjured up as a boy listening to Sweet Nothings.

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