Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

Play associated audio

Jazz singer Kate McGarry knows her history: She lists Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone among her role models.

Recently, though, she delved into an aspect of those artists she'd never explored before. While preparing to record her latest album, Girl Talk, McGarry read interviews and watched film clips featuring her idols to get a sense of what they were like in conversation.

"It was the experience of actually putting their speaking voice, their thoughts about their lives and some of their experiences, to the singing voices that I had known for so many years," McGarry says. "You know a lot from just listening to their voice — you can feel their intention and some of the power and motivation that makes them sing. But then, when you just hear them speaking, it really takes you to another level."

The title of her album comes from Bobby Troup's 1965 hit "Girl Talk," which she re-interprets on the album. Here, McGarry speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden about the making of Girl Talk, and performs the song "Smile" with the help of her husband, guitarist Keith Ganz.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

WAMU 88.5

Hundreds Brave Frigid Temperatures To Celebrate Kite Festival

There was plenty of wind to lift kites of all shapes and sizes at the National Blossom Kite Festival Sunday; at least for those who could brave the cold.

NPR

Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
NPR

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.