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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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  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    Aloha, LN pups…!

    https://youtu.be/4BTNjeKqpEk

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

  • jo6pac

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

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

    https://youtu.be/fVQjGGJVSXc

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  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Rock and roll hoochie koo
    lawdy mama light my fuse

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdHnGyU1yJQ

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  • Chris Maukonen

    Looks like more storms heading our way.

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    Aloha, cmk…! It does look fugly…!

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  • terry sexton

    this is beautiful

  • Chris Maukonen
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  • terry sexton

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

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    all men are created equal

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

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  • terry sexton

    love this song

  • terry sexton

    your right, just stated my choice

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  • terry sexton

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

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

    https://youtu.be/VmO_0tIGo-4

  • terry sexton

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

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  • terry sexton

    sugarman

  • terry sexton

    time to mow the lawn

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  • terry sexton

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

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  • terry sexton

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

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  • terry sexton

    this is amazing, thanks tuttle

  • terry sexton

    falling in love with this lady

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

  • terry sexton

    dub your tight to night

  • terry sexton

    should we end our military adventures. can’t wait

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

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  • PillBilly

    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.

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

  • terry sexton

    it’s your call. love your work.

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  • terry sexton

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

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  • terry sexton

    this is an artist

  • Ruth

    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;

    http://www.timeout.com/london/art/the-serpentine-pavilion-which-is-your-favourite

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

  • terry sexton

    thanks ruth, enjoy

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    How is London town doing today, Ruth…?

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  • AKBob

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

  • Ruth

    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.

  • terry sexton

    this is fantastic. love this stuff

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

  • terry sexton

    my queen sing me to heaven

  • AKBob

    Morning Ruth. Slides coffee your direction.

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

  • Ruth

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

  • Ruth

    this moment just hit 8

  • Ruth

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

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    Aah, it’s eleven hours then…! 😉

  • Ruth

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

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    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…! 😉

  • terry sexton

    dub, diggin it

  • Ruth

    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.

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

  • Ruth

    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.

  • terry sexton

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

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  • terry sexton

    fuck this woman is an artist

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    *heh* Oh Suzanne…! 😉

    https://youtu.be/3pscDRqkFro

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

  • Ruth

    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.

  • Ruth

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

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

  • bigbrother

    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.

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

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  • Ruth

    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.

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

  • Ruth

    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.

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    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…! 😉