Ruth Leon recommends… Judy Garland – By MyselfRuth Leon recommends
Judy Garland – By Myself
This is another kind of great. Or maybe the same kind. Judy Garland in 1964, late in the run of her CBS television series. As so often when she stood alone in a spotlight, a mic in her hand, she sang the truth, her truth. By Myself is the song, by myself was her reality. It comes through so strongly, so blisteringly, that you hurt for her even while you’re drowning in her artistry.
The pain and loneliness are naked in her face and body, warring with the defiance, the confidence, the belief that as long as she stands there and sings, she’s safe. This is an amazing performance.