Today marks the 80th birthday of jazz legend Nina Simone. I have a deep appreciation for her unconventional beauty, deep and soul-stirring vocals and jaw-dropping range. Simone represents a generation. Her music was a direct reflection of Civil Rights and always caused emotional reactions.
One of her most potent lyrics that sticks out to me is from “Mississippi Goddamn” where she hauntingly sings, “Picket lines/School boycotts/They try to say it’s a communist plot/All I want is equality/for my sister my brother my people and me.” I’m not the only one who finds Simone’s artistry potent. Singer/songwriter and impressive bassist Meshell Ndegeocello covered a tune Nina made popular, “Black Is the Color (Of My True Love’s Hair).”
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