Loses Hair But Never Voice
written by Richard Taylor
When singer-songwriter Janet Bratter performs at Fête de la Musique in Carrboro on Sunday, June 18, she will prove the tiring effects of radiation and chemotherapy have little effect on the energy she emits sharing her gift of song.
Despite surgery last September and ongoing cancer treatment now, Bratter still performs regularly. "The chemo makes me feel tired most of the time," she says, "but when I get on stage, the music takes over and I feel alive again."
Though she’d rather be touring the south in her colorful "Bratmobile" RV, Bratter applies a healthy sense of humor to her condition while home in Orange County longer than usual this year. With her colorful clothes, quick wit and zest for the offbeat, Janet regularly makes her doctors and nurses laugh. She even beat chemo to the punch last fall with her own "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" party.
And find our own way, it's true.
If there was ever a city that could tie me down,
It would have to be one called new.
The web-based music magazine Asazi says "Janet Bratter has been able to live life on her own terms. Her music is exhilarating, yet maintains a down-home feeling."
On stage with guitar, the musician moves methodically between clever upbeat numbers about history and adventure, like "Pyramids" and "Circus," to slower ballads such as "Passing Ships." Catchy compositions like "The Love That Comes Back ‘Round," " Carpe Diem," and "Orleans Parish Prison Blues" complete her sets. Her tribute to the "Best Years" of her parents' life may show up Sunday as well.
That keeps my feet on solid ground,
And that's the love I give away,
And the love that comes back 'round.
Richard Taylor is a local writer, Carrboro historian, and community activist.
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