Monday Music: Judee Sill, “The Kiss.”

Judee Sill

Songwriter Judee Sill developed a following in the early 1970s, but by the time she died from a drug overdose in 1979 she had fallen out of the spotlight.

The first artist signed to David Geffen‘sAsylum label, her history includes a rough childhood, a stint as a prostitute to fuel a heroin habit, working as a cartoonist, and eventually writing songs that explore the lines between the holy and the mundane, good and evil, and the sacred and the secular. Diving into her music requires adjusting to her dialect, which filled with religious imagery and mythic battles.

She recorded three albums and a live recording, all of which are still in print today.  Today’s video comes from a 1973 recording of the “Old Grey Whistle Test” TV program on the BBC.