When I was a young girl I had the pleasure of seeing the great Lena Horne perform at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
She was touring a one-woman show and my parents wanted me to get a chance to see her perform live.
When Lena Horne took the stage that night she took command…she was larger than life, a long slim column of pure power…her arms stretched up as if to touch heaven itself and she moved across the stage in great sweeping steps, her entire body swaying and rippling with the music.
Lena Horne sang with her entire body…she was a truly beautiful woman who wasn’t afraid to get ugly when a note demanded it.
She was an instrument…the sound and the story of each song interpreted through fierce movement and fearless music.
And I sat up in the balcony knowing that I was witnessing magic…a woman who knew who she was, who was confident in her talent…so glorious a performer that I was moved to tears.
It is hard to process that Lena Horne has died…she was so alive, so full of power and energy that it seems impossible.
But the news is ultimately undeniable…Lena Horne passed away last night.
And when I was a young girl I had the pleasure of seeing Lena Horne perform at the Fabulous Fox Theatre…
Today I treasure that moment…the happening that was Lena Horne.
Lena Horne was 92 years old.