Thursday, July 09, 2015


The documentary is devastating and heartbreaking. Made entirely of an astonishing array of photos, videos, and voices, you get a closeup view of her from the time she was a teenager, already with that incredible gift of a voice.  So, you know, if you're up for that on a Thursday night.

But the music--well, the music is better than I even knew.

She's only 20 years old here.


 This, with Tony Bennett, was closer to the end--gorgeous and knowing and full-bodied:


 When we went to Dublin in 2008, one of the first nights we were there, when the bars closed, weheard a man on the street singing this song, at first far off, then right under our window, then fading as he passed:

And this will never ever fail to undo me:


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