Episode Air Date: October 4, 2015
Artist: Florence Foster Jenkins
Recording Title: The Musical Snuff Box
Do not adjust your radio. It’s actually supposed to sound like this.
You’re listening to Florence Foster Jenkins struggle her way through Lyadov’s The Musical Snuff Box. Jenkins was…just a bad singer. But she was also determined to be one. She ignored the early advice of her family and her husband…who would, incidentally, become her ex husband. (Maybe she sang in the shower?)
Critics said she lacked pitch and rhythm. Others said she flat out lacked ability. But Jenkins didn’t listen to any of ‘em. In her own words “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” Indeed. She won out though, establishing a cult following, and even selling out Carnegie Hall!