Diana in Savannah
Savannah. The midnight frame in the garden of good and evil. The events that took place around the fascinating characters of "The Book & # 39; arrived 30 years ago. But Savannah is always happy in people larger than life.
In the heart of the Victorian District is the Gingerbread House, home to the wonderful musician Diana Rogers. Lavender & # 39; s Blue arrived Sunday afternoon to meet Diana in her kitchen. Delightfully dressed in a pink hat of oysters, long gloves and real earrings in shell, she first amused us with her witty words, her scones. homemade sweet and a glass or two of champagne
. Tables brimming with vintage finds shine under the glaring sunlight. Diana is from Oklahoma. "All they do, is watch TV and go to church!" she screams with laughter.
Rural life was not for her. A classically trained pianist and singer, her wonderfully intoxicating voice, not to mention her superlative keyboard skills, ensured that she was an instant blues hit in New Orleans. Soon she overtook even the jazz capital and flew to the Big Apple.
In New York, Diana is cleverly launched on the music scene. She has played and sung in all the best hotels and clubs: the Waldorf Astoria, the Harry's Bar, the One Fifth Avenue, Windows on the World …
Highly sought after, Diana had a long commitment to Nino in New York during the 90s. She has performed at Madison Arms in East Hampton during the summer months. Diana flew to London and Cornwall to perform in private parties. She released an album of hits in the late '90s with' I know her well, '' La Vie en Rose ''. and his own composition & # 39; Middle Class Princess & # 39 ;.
In 2003, she decided that it was time for a new beginning of her life, so it was deep south. She bought a restored Victorian wooden house on Gaston Street is lined with pink azaleas in Savannah.
"I always come back to New York every two months," she admits. "The last time I was there, I spent $ 2,000 for a hat, but it's really a nice hat, my wardrobe occupies the entire top floor of the house .
Diana is fully established on the Savannah musical circuit. She has performed in more than a dozen venues and can currently be heard in the basement piano bar of The Olde Pink House. In fact, it is there that Lavender & # 39; s Blue met for the first time. Going down the stairs from the fancy restaurant above, we heard "Moon River" in shades of dulcet floating through the heavy evening air. Fast forward 48 hours and we are in his house.
"Come by the living room," Diana waves. Keeping her gloves – natch – she embarks on a cabaret show a woman, sneaking in with the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin before celebrating the day with Andrew Lloyd Weber and John Kander.
Diana reveals, "Imelda Marcos's daughter lives next door and Jerry Spence, the barber mentioned in The Book, is a frequent visitor:" Honey, you can find me on page 47. He tells everyone that He meets! "
Another neighbor, Patricia, arrives. "She was great in Washington!" Diana confides in a murmur of scene. Diana plays a medley of Johnny Mercer songs. Outside, a thunderclap echoes through the gray powdery sky. The rain hits heavily on the veranda. But that does not lessen the decadent holiday spirit inside.
Leopold, a large tortoiseshell cat, appears at the door of the salon. "She keeps the house!" exclaims Diana. The cat got his name before his sex was determined by the veterinarians. "My workman, Mr. Tiles, is built like Tarzan, he was working when I was away and he phoned me, I can not go down the stairs, your cat will not let me go ! Whatever it is, he had to jump out of the bedroom window and slide onto the porch roof! "
As we say goodbye late in the afternoon, Diana's phone rings in. More guests are coming in. The party is just starting.A competitive cacophony of church bells and bells. thunder bursts, but it goes unnoticed, drowned by the echo of laughter, tinkling glasses and Diana increasing the tempo with "All That Jazz".