Tonight is the premier of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on HBO.
It might seem obvious to title this post “Listening to Lady Day”. But this isn’t just about listening to Audra McDonald singing Billie Holiday. This is also about listening to Billie’s story. Her many stories. It’s about the ways that the musicians on that stage listen and respond to Audra/Billie.
Listening is about using our ears, our auditory systems. But listening is also about nuance. It is about inflection in someone’s voice. I think it is also about listening to what isn’t there. Listening to the pauses and silences.