I have always felt confused when people compared my singing style to Poly Styrene’s. Sure, I projected my voice (ala musical theatre) and she projected too, but I knew I would never be as good as her. She had one of the best, most original voices ever.
This morning I woke up to the news that Poly passed away of breast cancer and I feel at a total loss. She was only 53 years old and was looking forward to getting better so she could play her new record live.
Poly lit the way for me as a female singer who wanted to sing about ideas. She taught me, by example, that fame was less the goal than something to back away from when it started to invade your core. Her lyrics influenced EVERYONE I KNOW WHO MAKES MUSIC .
Tonight I will light a candle for Poly and thank the universe for sharing her with us. I don’t give a shit if this is corny. I need someway to say goodbye and thank you. My heart goes out to those who knew and loved her. As a fan I am devastated, I can’t imagine how hard this must be for her family and friends.