Baby Dee: Peace Beyond Tragedy

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Safe Inside the Day"
  • Artist: Baby Dee
  • CD: Safe Inside the Day
  • Genre: Folk-Rock
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Transgender singer-songwriter Baby Dee has a rich, captivating, otherworldly voice. It soars majestically over mournful, sustained piano chords in "Safe Inside the Day" before retreating and returning, boldly and forcefully.

Baby Dee's resume includes stints as a harpist, a street musician and a sideshow performer, but it seems as if she'd be most comfortable in a world of her own creation, singing vaudeville. Bringing to mind Antony Hegarty of Anthony and the Johnsons, her voice is a force of nature, marked by dramatic outbursts and an unmistakable air of tragedy.

A quiet violin and other voices compete for attention in "Safe Inside the Day," but Baby Dee commands all the attention here. Exuding vulnerability, she sings, "If I can remain where I will stay / I will live another day," enunciating with enthusiasm. When she repeats, "I will live another day," she sounds comfortingly — and a bit surprisingly — at peace.

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Album
Safe Inside the Day
Artist
Baby Dee
Label
Drag City
Released
2008

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