Sunday, January 13, 2008

Reason to Be Happy on a Sunny Sunday

It's been a perfect, gorgeous Sunday in San Francisco. A good day to celebrate not being in Fat City and trying to do something other than the personal catch up needed after a week on the road. Among the random tasks in my bottomless stash of various transfers has been putting a number of Mina Mazzini videos into MP3 format. I think she reached her peak around 1973 or 1974 when she covered several Brecht/Weill tunes. But her specials from the latter half of the 1960s are gloriously surreal. It's sort of like seeing Lola Heatherton at the Hollywood Palace under the direction of Count Visconti with Caligula as the executive producer. If only Connie Francis ever dreamed of being half as melodramatic.

She's recorded in quite a number of languages, but I especially lover her wonderfully wacky diction in English. And sequins seemed to have much more hypnotic lure back in the days of simple blck and white TV, dontcha think?

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4 Comments:

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

Oh my word...I may have a new diva obsession. Love the hair, love the voice, love her.

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Jill - For those who love her, Mina is God. She's worth being obsessed about in her many manifestations through the years.

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Eva the Deadbeat said...

OMG, you have the BEST taste ever. This is one of my most beloved songs (as sung by Miss Judy in A Star is Born). I lurve this ladee though.

Mina is Magnificent!

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I won't go so far as to say she outdoes Judy, but damn if she doesn't give her Judy, but Viva la Diva Mina!

 

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