Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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wellspringky.org louisville.com 54 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 Photo by Robert A. Ripps a poem she wrote when she was six: "e birds are flying all around. ey hop on a leaf and then hop down. e birds are fly- ing in a sky of lace. ey're almost as pretty as your face." She soon had a realization: Everyone uses a guitar, but when was the last time you even saw a harp on any stage, let alone a pop one? In New York, during winter 2003, Hill was sitting in a room full of white women waiting to audition to be on the second episode of Chappelle's Show, the Comedy Central sketch show from stand-up come- dian Dave Chappelle. Hill was confident. Had been from the moment her agent handed her the lines for the audition. e bit, called "Pretty White Girl Sings Dave's oughts," would feature a mostly silent Chappelle handing notecards to, well, a pretty white girl, who would read them to herself and then sing the lines. For instance: "O.J. didn't do it." Next note- card: "On second thought, yeah, he did." rough a door, Hill could hear the other women performing jokes like "Fuck the police" or "What ever happened to that re- count in Florida?" in unorganized singsong or to public-domain tunes like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Hill had sat at her piano and scored music to the lines. "I had to decide: What would be the funniest?" she says. She landed on a "faux-opera" voice. She remembers the audition room being sign up on Louisville.com live music newsletter events newsletter

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