Do you know Shirley Bassey? Well, as of about two years ago, I didn’t. And boy oh boy, I was missing out.
My hands down favorite song by Shirley Bassey is This Is My Life.
I really can’t say enough about this woman, this voice, this song. When GT and I discovered this on YouTube at 3 o’clock in the morning some Thursday night after much to much wine and way too many cigarettes, I think we might have high-fived each other. Which, if you know anything about GT, is nothing short of miraculous. He DOES NOT high five. Anyway, take a listen.
- Version 1
So fucking good! Jesus! The voice, the eyes, the mouth, the hands, that purple coat… Christ! I love this version. It’s the first one I heard and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard better. The indignation here is what makes this version stand apart for me. She’s lived her life; she won’t apologize and she won’t change.
- Version 2
Shirley is younger here and the song seems to have a different mood to me. She’s more desperate here. She wants to live her life as she wants to, but she’s still looking for approval. I love this version. Her voice is amazing, that dress is fantastic, and those arms… love.
- Version 3
GT found this one not that long ago and he thinks it might be his favorite version of the song. We’ve gone back and forth between version 1 and 3, playing one right after the other for an hour (at least). I love this version too. Still, amazing voice and amazing coat. LOVE. But this version is sadder. It has that broken, I’m-a-woman-on-the-edge quality to it. This sounds like a woman who is in the middle of something; a woman who’s hoping to reach indignant. Perhaps this is why GT loves this version.
And the winner is…
It really is a toss up on versions 1 and 3 for me. But if I have to chose – and I do – I will go with version 1.
What do you think?