Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities Essay

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David Sedaris writes about his experience taking guitar lessons in “Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities” after his father decided that he and his younger sisters should start a family music group. However, Sedaris has no desire to learn how to play guitar. His desire lies within singing jingles in the voice of Billie Holiday. Sedaris’ desire to sing in the voice of Billie Holiday is probably closely related to his sexual orientation, being gay, and his father’s passion for jazz music. There is an implication of femininity in Sedaris’ desire to mimic Billie Holiday’s voice. Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer whose career took off in the 1930s. Some would find it peculiar as to why any young boy would want to imitate the voice of…show more content…
I’d done my solo and would now move on to pursue other equally unsuccessful ways of getting attention.” Singing in the voice of Billie Holiday seemed to be one of the few ways Sedaris thought he could express his feminine side comfortably. Unfortunately for him, being shot down by Mancini caused him to dispose of such a dream. Sedaris’ desire to sing like Billie Holiday can also be linked to his father’s passion for jazz music. His father loved jazz music almost to the point of obsessive-compulsiveness, where he’d sit down and analyze each note and the timing of the jazz songs playing on his record player, and although Sedaris claims to also love jazz, it wasn’t enough to convince his father. “Because it was the music we’d grown up with, I liked to think that my sisters and I had a genuine appreciation of jazz. We preferred it over the music our friends were listening to, yet nothing we did or said could convince my father of our devotion,” (p. 17) writes Sedaris. Singing like Billie Holiday might have been a way for Sedaris to be closer to his father, or at least allow the two of them to bond in a way based on a common interest. Because of the controversy about homosexuals, Sedaris probably wasn’t open about his sexuality with his father, thus not feeling close to him. In singing in the style of Billie Holiday, one could assume that it could be appreciated by any lover of jazz, such as

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