Sunday, February 13, 2022

the last book I ever read (Dawnie Walton's The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, excerpt three)

from The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton:


For years Pearl had adored “To Sir with Love”—I mean, everybody was crazy about the movie because Sidney Poitier was so damn fine, and the sentiment of it was very sweet and chaste. But don’t let the sweetness fool you—that’s a belter’s song, a big chance to show out, and Pearl used to beat it dead. You remember, though, that on the original track Lulu doesn’t have any backing vocals, so I had to make up my own part. Get in where I fit in. And when I listened to that record, I realized that a big part of it, what gave it emotion and light and air, was the strings. At the Gemini, there was obviously nobody with a damn violin in the house band. I figured, Well, then that’s my part. I’m the strings. Pearl would go loud and broad, just like Lulu, and I’d fill in high above her, floating real soft and pretty. Like painting those letters in the sky.

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