Whether young or old…butch or femme…gays share an enduring affinity for Garland (at least if they’re honest with themselves and they aren’t tone deaf). But the great question is why? Why did this diminutive diva with the big voice and the turbulent life touch so many in the gay community and, even more importantly, why does she continue to do so from the grave?
The answer lies in the passion of her voice. Talent such as Garland’s comes along once in a lifetime and it is almost impossible for anyone but anyone to recreate that magic. That is why Linda Eder’s BY MYSELF: THE SONGS OF JUDY GARLAND is such a spectacular accomplishment. In a world filled with tribute albums, Linda Eder has recorded one that is superlative in every way. On BY MYSELF Eder not only pays homage to a legend she does justice to her memory and her musical legacy. I’m sure even Judy herself would have been very proud of this collection.