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"My Favorite Song"

Guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

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"My Favorite Song"
July, 2014

Welcome to the monthly feature of the Vocal Arts DC web site in which guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Patrice Michaels: "Anita's Story"

Text adapted from Anita Escudero's letter to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her 50th birthday, March 15, 1983.

I had been in New York only a very short time. I got a job in a law firm typing in the steno pool. One morning, one hundred pages of hand-written material from some lady lawyer. And her method of delivery? - her own husband - in his shirt sleeves!

The way she used words - I had never seen or heard, I had never even thought. "Sexual", "female", "male", "Gender-Based Discrimination". I started typing...

A few months later, again this shirt-sleeved lawyer husband, again the yellow pad of notes, again the horrifying, nonsensical subject of sex discrimination. I kept typing.

One morning the shirtsleeved lawyer husband announced, "My wife is coming in." I thought "Good God here she comes: La Estraña." In walked this little woman in a softspoken voice and a green dashiki. "It can't be the same woman. She's not supposed to be like this. She's supposed to look like George Sand. Where's the cigar? The fly on her pants?" I...kept...typing...

Back in Sevilla we went to a party. The host presented my husband, Don Mario Escudero, who announced in his turn, "Esta es mi mujer." "This is my woman?" "Yo no sóy tu mujer! Soy una persona. Mi nombre es Anita L'Oise Ramos Mosteiro de Escudero."

From the back of the room boomed the host's 80 year-old grandmother, "VIVA AMERICA." RBG converted me...through typing.

Anita's Story [MP3]
Kuang-Hao Huang, Pianist

This song will be released in August on Cedille Records (Ruth Bader Ginsburg's son James Ginsburg is the founder and president of this not-for-profit classical recording label) as part of INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song.

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"My Favorite Song"

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