Okay, Barbara from The Serenity Gate got it right! Billie Holiday singing Summertime was what I had in mind as I wrote that scene. Virginia Kate interprets Billie's singing as deep and rusty -- the words "deep and rusty" probably threw people off - not "deep" as in how we always think, I guess -but how a girl would think deep and rusty is.
I was about to wet my drawers, jumping up and down, going "oh oh oh!" when y'all were so close *laughing*
Here is beautiful Billie Holiday's rendition of SUMMERTIME
Barbara - email me where you want me to mail your copy of Deborah Smith's ON BEAR MOUNTAIN
Now, go listen to Billie sing Summertime (link above) - don't you hear that "rusty edged" voice - that sound of Deep rivers where catfish jump?
The cool part of all this is I can see how my words were interpreted in different ways by you all choosing different songs and singers! *smiling* so, I'll just leave the words "deep" and "rusty" and let it be. What's also interesting and cool is you all gave me other ideas that work really well for interpretation of that scene! Like, stormy weather, god bless the child, et cetera!
this was wonderful! Thank You all!
(google image from jazz.appspot.com)