The Joshua Generation presents--The Gift that is Gigi Crawford: "Satin Doll"
Of herself, Glenda (Gigi) Crawford says "I am a professional singer and floral designer...a jazz enthusiast and lover of family and friends who enjoys gardening, poetry, theater and the arts."
But Gigi Crawford is that and so much more. She is a phenomenal woman, wife, mother and grandmother, and a solid local talent whose soprano voice has been heard by hundreds all over the Valley area and everywhere else that she has traveled to sing and host events.
Though she has publicly released only two of many poems she has written, the one called "Satin Doll Ode to Jazz" is her personal favorite, and we are certain it will inspire and delight you as you read it also.
"I was raised listening to Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn. Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Wes Montgomery ... all the greats, and it was because of my father's love for jazz and my love for Duke Ellington's 'Satin Doll' that I was inspired to write this poem."
She said she could envision, through the movement of the song, a true "satin doll" walking across the stage, dressed in raging beauty as she floats up to the stage, poised in front of the microphone, getting ready to thrill the audience with her sultry starlit voice.
Ms Crawford says that the swaying movement of the poem itself is slower than the original song, so a poet performer with a musical background would need to bring the tempo down just a bit in order to get to the true mood and feeling that it conveys. She also sings for local authors who publish their books in audio format, such as the one in the book "POISON", written by Stephanie Perryman.
We recommend highly that you give it a listen.
The Joshua Generation Network (those born between the years 1940-1980) specializes in the recognition of local art and talent from those who came out of the oft-forgotten generation following the Civil Rights Movement, once known as the "Moses Generation."