This Beat Is Mine! Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra – Strange Fruit (Commodore)
OMG, whatever happened to my native country? I woke up the other day (the morning after the US Presidential Election) with the taste of a strange fruit in my mouth. And no need telling you how this strange fruit feels disgusting to me. It’s as if I’d got given a zoom to have a clearer view of what my grandma told us hen we were living in the South. As if the images of the rednecks carrying the Confederate flag were resurfacing all of a sudden. OMG, what a strange fruit coming back to the surface. The one of ignorance, most likely resulting in misunderstanding and intolerance. The triumph of what many of us thought belonging to a dark side of American history now behind…
Strange fruit with a strange taste… The one of the Pandora’s Box one has opened with the election Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. With God only knowing what will come out of the 4 years to come.
Even though I’m glad I’ve relocated a few months ago, I can’t help thinking of America and the ones I’ve left behind. Strange fruit with a bad taste. That’s all I have in my mouth. So don’t you ever expect me to thank you for that, Mr Trump & Co. To, me this is just not America. At least, not the one I love. And not the one I hope for my children referring to what you’ve shown so far…
Thereafter for you, this song which Billie Holiday recorded back in 1939. You remember? This song Rebecca Ferguson said she would perform to accept your invitation to sing at your inauguration, last Jan. 20. Looks like history has already spoken since with the latter not coming at the end. Let’s just hope it – I mean history – will bring better news, although to me your first days already seem like a nightmare. Strange fruit, that’s what we’ve got.
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