Abbey Lincoln, who died yesterday, at 80, knew as much as anyone how to reinvent herself with purpose and passion.
After she met drummer Max Roach, she changed herself from a cutely sexy chanteuse in a Marilyn Monroe dress to a singular voice of civil rights advocacy. In the 1960s, she acted opposite Sidney Poitier; approaching age 60, she emerged anew for a long final chapter as a movingly expressive singer and influentially introspective songwriter.
She could pry the heart loose with a phrase.
The best tribute is to listen to her. The first here, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”, teaches what a difference a preposition makes.
“Bruce Frankel’s upbeat, inspiring, timely book shows how taking a risk and fighting to find a passionate career — at any age — can reinvigorate your life...”
— Susan Shapiro, author of Speed Shrinking and Only As Good as Your Word