Lorna Luft had never performed “Over the Rainbow,” the signature song by her late mother, Judy Garland. She changed her tune to honor the 49 victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub and for the upcoming 47th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
“I’ve never sung this song. Not because it was too hard for me emotionally, but because I always felt you can’t improve on perfection,” she told a crowd at New York supper club 54 Below on Wednesday — the 47th anniversary of Garland’s death. “But I thought to myself, ‘If I’m ever going to sing this, now is the time.'”
Luft recounted how she recently made her first trip to the Stonewall Inn, the site of the historic LGBT riots in 1969.
“I carry that historic event through the legacy of my family. And my mother would have loved the fact that people fought back because she hated bigotry and she hated injustice,” Luft said. “And don’t ask how much she would have loved that rainbow flag.”
See her performance above.