Late Night FDL: My Sweet Lord + Today Is A Killer

Nina Simone – My Sweet Lord + Today Is A Killer

The Guardian had an interesting article today on Nina Simone…

Nina Simone: ‘Are you ready to burn buildings?’

Nina Simone’s album Black Gold, recorded at New York’s Philharmonic Hall on 26 October 1969, concludes with a deeply moving performance of To Be Young, Gifted and Black. The song took its name from a hit play about Lorraine Hansberry, the celebrated playwright who had converted Simone to political activism before dying young in 1965. As she spoke about Hansberry, Simone’s voice creaked with emotion. “I think that very soon now, maybe four or five weeks, I won’t be able to sing it anymore because each time I do it she comes a little bit closer and I miss her a little bit more.”

In Liz Garbus’s new Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? we see rows of black students enraptured by the song she called “the Black national anthem”, her biggest hit since I Loves You, Porgy a decade earlier. It had the pride and optimism of the cover versions she had alchemised into civil rights anthems: Feeling Good, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free, Ain’t Got No/I Got Life. But her Philharmonic performance revealed the undercurrents of pain and loss that were slowly dragging her under.

The tremendous power of Simone’s music has entranced the likes of Kanye West, Antony, Laura Mvula and Lauryn Hill. In 2008, President Obama named her version of Sinnerman as one of his 10 favourite songs. She sang in an almost androgynous baritone that she said ranged from “gravel” to “coffee and cream”, played piano like a virtuoso and interpreted material with power and imagination. When she covered a song it stayed covered, although it’s ironic that her career was revived in 1987 thanks to a perfume commercial that featured 1958’s My Baby Just Cares for Me because that perky jazz standard (which she once called “a piece of shit”) told listeners nothing about who she really was.

There was always something regal about the “High Priestess of Soul” who, at one point, claimed to be a reincarnated Egyptian queen: Nadine Cohodas’s excellent biography is called Princess Noire. “She is loved or feared, adored or disliked, but few who have met her music or glimpsed her soul react with moderation,” Maya Angelou wrote in the 1970 magazine article that gives Garbus’s film its name. “She is an extremist, extremely realised.” {more}

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  1. June 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Aloha, LN pups…!

  2. June 22, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    *heh* Both my Daughter and my new Daughter-in-law share a birthday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren today…! 😉

  3. jo6pac
    June 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I reconnected with Nina through this movie Point of No Return. Amazing timing and voice control.
    Thanks CT

  4. June 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    This has to be one of the most visceral songs ever… performed shortly after MLK’s assassination…!

  5. June 22, 2015 at 11:17 pm
  6. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
    June 22, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Rock and roll hoochie koo
    lawdy mama light my fuse

  7. June 22, 2015 at 11:27 pm
  8. Chris Maukonen
    June 22, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Looks like more storms heading our way.

  9. June 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Aloha, cmk…! It does look fugly…!

  10. June 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm
  11. June 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm
  12. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:03 am

    this is beautiful

  13. Chris Maukonen
    June 23, 2015 at 12:12 am
  14. June 23, 2015 at 12:20 am
  15. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:20 am

    that’s right be intimidated. the world body acknowledges the palestine state. one state is my choice. all men are created equal

  16. June 23, 2015 at 12:24 am

    all men are created equal

    That’s not in dubs’ lexicon, ts…! 😉

  17. June 23, 2015 at 12:26 am
  18. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:27 am

    love this song

  19. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:29 am

    your right, just stated my choice

  20. June 23, 2015 at 12:32 am
  21. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:41 am

    first time i saw teenage ninjaturtles i said this is absurd. this won’t last. it didn’t work out that way

  22. June 23, 2015 at 12:46 am

    *heh* Apparently someone has some hurt ‘fee-fees’…! C’mon y’all, sing along now…

  23. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 12:50 am

    ya,ya, did pick up some toys that were a product of this incarnation. still their a cheap ploy

  24. June 23, 2015 at 1:00 am
  25. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:01 am


  26. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:05 am

    time to mow the lawn

  27. June 23, 2015 at 1:05 am
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  29. June 23, 2015 at 1:12 am
  30. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:31 am

    just stepped outside, here in minnesota. the northern lights cover 2/3rds of the sky. never have seen that before

  31. June 23, 2015 at 1:31 am
  32. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:36 am

    they don’t have color. they are like huge illuminated shafts, piercing the dark sky

  33. June 23, 2015 at 1:38 am
  34. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:44 am

    this is amazing, thanks tuttle

  35. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:45 am

    falling in love with this lady

  36. June 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

    No reason not to fall in love with her, ts…! 😉

  37. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:51 am

    dub your tight to night

  38. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 1:56 am

    should we end our military adventures. can’t wait

  39. June 23, 2015 at 2:05 am
  40. June 23, 2015 at 2:24 am

    A heads-up to all the pups, I’m seriously considering pulling the plug on LN…! 8-(

  41. PillBilly
    June 23, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Seems like shit got too weird around the time Disqus came to FDL. Thanks, CT, you brought some really good music and stories to LN.

  42. June 23, 2015 at 2:30 am

    It was always my pleasure to do so, PB…!

  43. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:33 am

    it’s your call. love your work.

  44. June 23, 2015 at 2:34 am
  45. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:35 am

    like to say i don’t give up, just take breaks

  46. June 23, 2015 at 2:40 am
  47. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:40 am

    this is an artist

  48. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:44 am

    morning, night pups, up early today so thought I would say hi while you are still about. Going to a big event today, the opening of the summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery;

    I had the pleasure of hearing Ms Simone once in NY’s Village, riveting.

  49. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:46 am

    thanks ruth, enjoy

  50. June 23, 2015 at 2:46 am

    How is London town doing today, Ruth…?

  51. June 23, 2015 at 2:47 am
  52. AKBob
    June 23, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Twould be sad but i kinda did that already. Hey what else can we do but read around the shit.
    What would scarecrow do.

  53. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Cool and overcast, being itself.
    Don’t know what to say about LN here, as you know I flake out early so only by extremely different times am visiting but appreciate what you do and the place to visit too.

  54. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:50 am

    this is fantastic. love this stuff

  55. June 23, 2015 at 2:52 am

    What’s the local time, Ruth…? I’m telling my BH it’s eleven/twelve hours between Hawai’i and London…! 😉

  56. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

    my queen sing me to heaven

  57. AKBob
    June 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Morning Ruth. Slides coffee your direction.

  58. June 23, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Aloha, homer…! Phil liked my comment on his FB wall about the ‘hippie’…! 😉

  59. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

    yes, and pure joy is a day at the British museum yesterday, the Serpentine today, life gets good sometimes.

  60. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:57 am

    this moment just hit 8

  61. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:58 am

    thanks, about to go fix my second cuppa. Don’t run on tea, actually.

  62. June 23, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Aah, it’s eleven hours then…! 😉

  63. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Sleep on the plane, that makes the jet lag less extreme.

  64. June 23, 2015 at 3:02 am

    That’s what I told her, Ruth…! Especially since she’s looking at a three hour cruise on the Thames, almost as soon as she deplanes in Heathrow…! 😉

  65. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 3:02 am

    dub, diggin it

  66. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Came in to Heathrow myself, if she plans to take the tube, do advise that it’s a long hike from the customs area, and wear very good walking shoes.

  67. June 23, 2015 at 3:05 am
  68. June 23, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Too much sh*t these daze, homer…! 8-(

  69. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:13 am

    frankly it is easy to do a post, can schedule it in advance, and I stepped up on Friday Over Easy because the claim was that it took so many hours out of your life! hard work! so in five minutes I throw up a post while doing my Art post for Saturday.

  70. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 3:16 am

    what has the cia done. killed the best and brightest. john’s right, this is not working

  71. June 23, 2015 at 3:25 am
  72. terry sexton
    June 23, 2015 at 3:28 am

    fuck this woman is an artist

  73. June 23, 2015 at 3:32 am

    *heh* Oh Suzanne…! 😉

  74. June 23, 2015 at 3:36 am

    It is easy to post, Ruth, it’s the ensuing sh*tstorm that’s so tiresome…! 8-(

  75. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:39 am

    thanks, the art posts make me learn things that I have forgotten, or that have changed, always something astonishes that I look up and find new or different information from stuff I enjoyed long ago.

  76. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Most of the pups are rational and gentle, tho, so the occasional flurry is kind of easy just to step over. for me.

  77. June 23, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I’m glad the OE crew are still going strong…! *g*

  78. bigbrother
    June 23, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Just finished “The Invention of Wings” slavery Charleston 1803. Shocking background for the Murders in AME Church in Charleston last week. The Grimke sister were slaveholders turned abolitionist activicts. The cruelty described in this book is worse than Guantanamo if you can imagine. Glad to finish it. Seems like a big night here on FDL.

  79. June 23, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Aloha, bb…! Sounds like a gripping read…!

  80. June 23, 2015 at 3:45 am
  81. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:49 am

    It’s hard to read about, and hard to watch the news sometimes. Always interesting to see how Jeffrson squirmed to fit his respect for human free will with his slaveholding position in life.

  82. June 23, 2015 at 3:50 am
  83. June 23, 2015 at 3:53 am

    I shall bid y’all a fond adieu, Mahalo for all the memories…! Aloha Oe…! *g*

  84. Ruth
    June 23, 2015 at 3:55 am

    and hoping for a good visit to Jollie Olde to your other Tuttle, it’s good to take breaks and have complete surprises coming your way.

  85. June 23, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I’m telling her it’s the biggest experience she’ll see to date, since she’s only been to Canada a handful of times…! 😉

    Travel is truly the best education on the Planet, bar none…! 😉