Those praising my memory and research abilities should understand I used the human computer: C.I. I understand now more than ever why Elaine and Rebecca call C.I. Emorak or Memorak (the computer in the film Desk Set). I was so frustrated last night because we're on the road. And C.I. saw that and asked what was wrong. I said I couldn't remember how many months Roberta Flack spent on Feel Like Makin' Love and she said, "8 months. Next question?"
I found the Rolling Stone thing online -- they have bios on nearly every recording star but not one on Roberta. I wondered about their album guide and C.I. got a friend to bring one over so I could flip through. Then I was wondering about the RS book on women in rock and C.I. was just a computer there. "Okay, here's a list of five women that no one will have heard of who do get covered in the book." And from there I hunted around on the five until I was struck by the bio of the one I went with.
But C.I.'s memory is incredible. Especially if she reads or writes something. She'll remember that forever and be able to pull it up.
I do not have that kind of memory.
What was I going for with my review?
1) To get the word out that Roberta had a new album, hot off the presses.
2) To get the word out on the incredible sale at Amazon ($3.99 to download the full album).
3) To provide the context for what she does.
Roberta usually gets isolated or ignored in terms of the critics. So I was trying to explain she was part of wave of women who showed up first in the early 70s (and late 60s) and weren't focused on the hit single and filler but were trying to capture their lives in song and to do so for an album, to provide something people could identify with and relate to. So that's how we end up with this paragraph:
Carly's her contemporary. And Joni and Melanie and Janis Ian and Brenda Russell and Sade and Anita Baker and Aimee Mann and Tracy Chapman and Mary J. Blige -- women who're using the album to make an extended artistic statement.
Those are her peer group. Because of her range, sometimes she can be wrongly lumped in with Barbra Streisand. That's not who she is.
So that's what I was going for. Hopefully -- 14,000 read it or clicked it today (that doesn't count those who just went to the site and scrolled down and up reading all the entries -- and that's just on the main site) -- it helped get the word out on the album and the sale. A few of you felt I suceeded with the context and you zipped on over to Amazon to download the result. That makes me very happy.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"