I couldn't let the month end without acknowledging one of the historic anniversaries being observed -- the 40th year since Judy Garland died (June 22, 1969).
I think of her as the Maria Callas of pop music, as nakedly emotional and, eventually, as technically flawed, yet totally irresistible right to the end.
In her later years, Garland's ability to dig beneath the surface of a song was astonishing, nowhere more so than ...
in the melancholy ballad "A Cottage for Sale."
If you've never seen this clip from the singer's CBS TV series, get your hanky ready. It doesn't get better or truer than this. Just the way Garland takes that short, sudden breath before the word "for" in her last phrase speaks as compelling as every note that she sings.