Diana in Savannah
Savannah. The setting of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The occasions that unwound around the interesting characters in ‘The Book’ happened 30 years prior. In any case, Savannah despite everything revels in overwhelming individuals good songs to dance to In the core of the Victorian District is the Gingerbread House, home to the glorious performer Diana Rogers. Lavender’s Blue showed up more than one sultry Sunday evening to meet Diana in her kitchen. Perfectly clad in clam pink – cap, long gloves and genuine shell hoops for sure – she initially engaged us with her witticisms, natively constructed sugared scones and a glass or two of bubbly.
Her home is an authorities’ heaven. Tables flooding with vintage discovers shimmer in the singing daylight. Diana’s initially from Oklahoma. “Everything they do there is stare at the TV and go to chapel!” she cries with chuckling.
Rustic life wasn’t for her. A traditionally prepared musician and artist, her magnificently inebriating voice, also her superlative console aptitudes, guaranteed that she was a moment Blues hit in New Orleans. Before long she exceeded even the jazz capital and it was set for the Big Apple.
In New York Diana deftly propelled herself on the music scene. She played and sang at all the top lodgings and clubs: the Waldorf Astoria, Harry’s Bar, One Fifth Avenue, Windows on the World…
Hot popular, Diana appreciated a long commitment at Nino’s in New York all through the Nineties. She performed at the Madison Arms in East Hampton throughout the mid year months. Diana was flown over to London and Cornwall to perform at private gatherings. She discharged a collection of hits toward the finish of the Nineties including ‘I Know Him So Well’, ‘La Vie en Rose’ and her own sythesis ‘White collar Class Princess’.
In 2003 she concluded it was the ideal opportunity for another period of her life to start so it was headed toward the Deep South. She purchased a reestablished timber Victorian home on the pink azalea-lined East Gaston Street in Savannah.
“I despite everything come back to New York each couple of months,” she admits. “Last time I was there I burned through $2,000 on a cap. However, it’s a genuine pleasant cap. My closet takes up the entire highest floor of the house.”
Diana has completely settled herself as a firm apparatus on Savannah’s music circuit. She’s acted in excess of twelve scenes and can as of now be heard in the storm cellar piano bar of The Olde Pink House. Truth be told that is the place Lavender’s Blue previously went over her. Diving the stairs from the tasteful café above, we heard ‘Moon River’ in dulcet tones gliding over the substantial night air. Quick forward 48 hours and we are in her home.
“Please through to the parlor,” Diana waves. Keeping her gloves on – natch – she sets out on a one lady men’s club appear, cheerfully weaving her way through the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin before commending the current day with Andrew Lloyd Weber and John Kander.
Diana uncovers, “Imelda Marcos’ little girl lives nearby. What’s more, Jerry Spence, the beautician referenced in The Book is a regular guest. ‘Nectar, you can discover me on page 47!’ he tells everybody he meets!”
Another neighbor, Patricia, shows up. “She was huge in Washington!” Diana trusts in a phase murmur. Diana plays a variety of Johnny Mercer tunes. Outside, an applaud of thunder resonates over the black powder dim sky. Downpour thumps intensely on the veranda. In any case, it doesn’t hose the debauched party soul inside.