Back in 2004, a wonderful CD, Beautiful Dreamer, was released with a menageries of singers performing songs by Stephen Foster in whatever way they wanted to interpret it. The singers included such wide-ranging people as John Prine, Michelle Shocked, Yo-Yo Ma, Roger McGuinn, Suzy Bogguss and others.
What I particularly like about the album are some of the lesser-known songs. And this is a particular gem, a rare song for the time, eloquent and elegant, a deeply-humanizing lament by a black man over the loss of his love, "Nelly Was a Lady," sung by Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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