All The Way (Music: Jimmy Van Heusen | Lyrics: Sammy Cahn, 1957)
Diamanda's approach to this song makes me reflect on the singer's art and the reality. First things first.The opening chords of the work on the piano are Debussy-esque with finely brushed strokes of deep cutting blues. Nothing is over-loaded or sentimental,and the music glides seraphically free. Time stops and Diamanda, who knows how to unfold a story takes the lead. She is a very emotional singer but it is obvious that her task is not to experience an emotional high in performance but to transform sentiment through artistic means. The singer's art consists of knowing how those experiences would feel and how to translate them into communicable representations. She does not express herself or wallow herself in her own emotional bathwater. No señor. Between the lines Diamanda Galás teaches that art is not reality. Art consists of the disciplining of reality for the portrayal of emotion.