Song 23 – God Bless the Child

SONG: God Bless the Child ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1941 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: God Bless the Child was written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. Holiday said the inspiration for the song was an argument with her mother over money. She said that during their disagreement her mother said “God blessContinue reading “Song 23 – God Bless the Child”

Song 21 – Gloomy Sunday

SONG: Gloomy Sunday ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1941 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Very unfortunately, this song is also known as “The Hungarian Suicide Song”. It was a popular song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and the original title translates to “The World is Ending.” It was a song about despairContinue reading “Song 21 – Gloomy Sunday”

Song 16 – Strange Fruit

SONG: Strange Fruit ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1939 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Strange Fruit originated in 1937 as a poem by Abel Meeropol, who wrote the words after seeing a photograph of the lynchings of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana in 1930.  He originally called the work “Bitter Fruit” andContinue reading “Song 16 – Strange Fruit”