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From Aida
By Elton John & Tim Rice

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In life, one has to face a huge assortment
Of nauseating fads and good advice.
There's health, and fitness, diet, and deportment
And other pointless forms of sacrifice.
Conversation? Wit? I am a doubter.
Manners? Charm? They're no way to impress.
So forget the inner me, observe the outer.
I am what I wear and how I dress.

Oh, now I believe in looking
Like my time on earth is cooking
Whether polka dotted, striped or even checked.
With some glamour guaranteeing
Every fiber on of my being
Is displayed to quite remarkable effect.

From your cradle via trousseau
To your deathbed you're on view, so
Never compromise, accept no substitute
I would rather wear a barrel,
Than conservative apparel.
For dress has always been...my strongest suit.

Staying in or hitting town-wards
From the top and working downwards
I ensure that every stitch is stitched in time.
Whether wig or hat or turban,
Whether clad boudoir or urban,
Not to strut your stuff outrageously is a crime.

And the few who are invited
To my wardrobe are delighted,
As they wander through my things
To find en route,
That in negligee or formal
I am anything but normal.
And dress has always been my strongest suit.

I am what I wear
I said anytime…
Anywhere

So bring me all my finest
Most audacious, my divinest
Most revealing, most expensive and to boot
Most arresting, most heartstopping
Most free-flowing, most eye-popping
Dress has always been my strongest suit!

You know that I am what I wear
Dress has always been my strongest
My strongest, my strongest suit!

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from Voce & Gabbana, released December 3, 2018

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Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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