Anita Sings in Black Hat and White Feathers


“They went into Anita O’Day’s club and there unpacked and played till nine o’clock in the morning.” i

Singer’s singer nightingale
Belle’s voice clearly sailed
Scat scatting dress flounces
Jazzy gal bouncy bounces
Uptown rhythm Off the Beat
Ahead of the beat
Behind the beat
Tapping feet
Hip club cool heat
Down Beat noted
Belle totted
Gene drummed
Roy thumbed
Horn taboo
Improv cool
Newport Jazz breezy money
July day sweet as honey, honey, honey (suckle rose)
Anita O’Day’s summer sizzle
Soft rain could not fizzle
Sweeeeeeeeeeeet Georg-ia Brown (I don’t lie . . . much)
Let me off uptown
White feathers hat black
Easy chic just like that
Glass slippers wrist gloves
Skylark blues lotsa love
High times fly moon
Hard times sad spoon
Tea-e-e-e . . . e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e . . . e-e-e-e . . . e-e-e . . . e

i Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. (New York: Viking Press, 1957).
Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer. A film by Robbie Cavolina & Ian McCrudden. 2008.’day_a.html Jazz Profiles from NPR Anita O’Day.

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