this will happen fairly often

Today's post is a short one, 'cause I have way too much to do. Thanks to everyone who sent me fabulous art already - you guys make me so proud! Keep those submissions coming.

In keeping with yesterday's theme, here's a song about working the corner, from a sex worker who might have never been discovered. Lady Day was arrested for prostitution at the age of fourteen, and got her first singing gig the very next year.

One day we were so hungry we could barely breathe. I started out the door. It was cold as all-hell and I walked from 145th to 133rd...going in every joint trying to find work...I stopped in the Log Cabin Club run by Jerry Preston...told him I was a dancer. He said to dance. I tried it. He said I stunk. I told him I could sing. He said sing. Over in the corner was an old guy playing the piano. He struck Trav'lin and I sang. The customers stopped drinking. They turned around and watched. The pianist...swung into Body and Soul. Jeez, you should have seen those people - all of them started crying. Preston came over, shook his head and said, "Kid, you win."

Billie Holiday - Blue Moon

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