I wrote this article in 2006. My how the years pass so quickly.
It's this season's final episode, Left Hand Of The Goddess of The L
Word, when Shane is confronting her fathers lack of fidelity and
departure. As in many of the L Word scenes there is a background song.
This one entitled, Words Dont Say is being sung by Lesley Gore
(Words we dont say/Trying to hide night after night/Drifting away)
and one of several tunes from her new CD, Ever Since.
In the 60s, Gore was one of the most successful solo artists of the
Girl Group topping charts with: Its My Party, Judys Turn To Cry
and You Dont Own Me, a song revived by Bette Midler in the movie,
First Wives Club.
"You know what Im going to say when people ask me what I've been doing
for 30 years? Practicing," said the now deeper voice and
Yes, just in case you havent heard, Gore told the world that she is a
lesbian and has been with a partner for over 20 years.
Maintaining a constant touring schedule across the country, Gore's
recent gig took place at Queens Theatre In The Park in New York City,
where I had the pleasure of seeing the vivacious vocalist. The 90-minute
show introduced many of her new songs and brought nostalgia to anyone
old enough to recall the original Bandstand.
Ever Since, the title song, is made to draw us back to Its My Party
(All the weight of nights and days too long to list/All the parties
I've been to you were missed/ I've waited ever since bring us forward
into the world that she now inhabits.
Better Angels, written by Blake Morgan, was featured at the close of
the season premiere episode of CBSs hit show CSI:MIAMI as Horatio Caine
(played by David Caruso) is visiting a confessional booth. Blake is
both her pianist and arranger as well as the producer of her new CD.
You Don't Own Me is an even newer rendition and sung in a jazzy ballad
flare. This one seemed to have an added stanza of You dont own me/I
want somebody who will be true/You dont own me/You dont own me and I
dont own you.
Leslie and her brother Michael were responsible for composing Out Here
On My Own, featured in the Oscar nominated Fame. Perhaps it might have
been a reflection of her personal life change (Sometimes I wonder where
I've been/Who I am do I fit in/Make believing is hard alone/Out here on
A few of her other new songs were sung, but as she promised, she ran her
former hits single-fashioned and not as a medley. For those who may
have forgotten, they included: Shes A Fool; Sunshine, Lollipops and
Rainbows; That's the Way Boys Are; and Maybe I Know.
The stage performance adds a backup vocalist, while she and Blake do the
backups on the CD version. Although I enjoyed the songs, I found that
the live rendition gave a much fuller sound to each of her numbers.
Shes still got it even at the age of 59.
Leslie Gore's West Coast tour will take her into San Francisco where she
will be performing at the Brava Theatre Center, on Sat., April 22 and
Sun., April 23. www.brava.org
April 15, 2006 - MGW Magazine
IT'S BEEN AWHILE BUT
8 months ago