Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Between the 4th of July holiday and Ringo Starr’s 80th birthday, I missed another milestone celebration: Debbie Harry’s 75th birthday on July 1. Out of all the female “rock chicks” from the 1970’s/1980’s she was my absolute favorite. I was not a real fan of punk or new wave music, but I really liked Blondie because Harry was just so cool. As a principal songwriter & the front woman of a very popular band where she was the only female, living & hanging out in New York with people like David Bowie & Andy Warhol, being tough without losing any of her style or femininity and her incredible voice just made her a force to reckon with. Women wanted to be like her, men wanted to date her and she wanted to sing.
She also started acting in the late 1980’s with roles in the TV show “Crime Story” and the film “Hairspray”. Later on she appeared in two of my favorite films ever, “Cop Land” and “My Life Without Me”, the latter being a dramatic role which really showcased her talent. Last year she wrote her autobiography entitled “Face It” which is a very good & surprisingly funny read. She has had an incredible life and lived to tell about it, which in rock & roll is always a happy ending.
Blondie in 1977. Left to right: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Blondie: “Dreaming” ( 1979, written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein).
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