Remembering the woman who outsang Ray Charles.
“Joi’s recorded performances embodied all the funkiness my little soul had been waiting for.”
“With a drink in my hand and earplugs responsibly in place, I’m very aware that I’ve spent more than half my life essentially standing in the same spot: off to one side of the stage (close but not too close), eyes forward, shifting weight from foot to foot.”
Jessica Lynne remembers a long distance love affair that began in Miami and the Billie Holiday song that kept her company through the relationship’s transitions.
Hive is a new Longreads series about women and the music that has influenced them.