Last night disco queen Gloria Gaynor performed at Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The 63-year-old singer talked to The Moscow Times:
“It’s wonderful that I have become so popular in Russia in the last few years. I have performed for Russians in America, in Italy and in Germany. It’s a kind of love affair going on.”
Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” is the disco anthem, though after her conversion to Christianity in the early 1980s she has changed a line, “I will survive; He gave me life; I stand beside the Crucified One”. She explains why,
“I always sing that line because I always want people to know there is my strength to survive and that power is available to them as well.
“The song has definitely taken on a life of its own, and people use it to get through all of life’s difficulties — deaths, illnesses, job problems, family issues.”
Gaynor “feels sad” though, that “I Will Survive” is the the one song that people know her for,
“‘Never Can Say Goodbye,’ ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ — there are many other great songs that I want people to remember.”
via The Moscow Times
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
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