Archive for Nina Simone

I wish I knew how it would feel to be free – Nina Simone

Posted in Jazz with tags , , , on April 6, 2021 by telescoper

First performed in 1963, this classic anthem of the civil rights movement in the USA the words to this song (written by Billy Taylor) seem to me to have a few relevance in this time of enforced isolation.

Just Like a Woman

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 13, 2016 by telescoper

Posted in honour of Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

I am of course delighted that this prestigious honour has, for the first time, been bestowed on a singer/songwriter. Surely it can only be a matter of time before it goes to a blogger?


I wish I knew how it would feel to be free..

Posted in Jazz with tags , , on January 18, 2015 by telescoper

Black is the colour of my true love’s hair

Posted in Jazz with tags , , on February 20, 2013 by telescoper

Nina Simone. Emile Latimer. Live in 1969. Magical.

Trouble in Mind

Posted in Jazz with tags , on July 10, 2012 by telescoper

Nobody’s fault but mine

Posted in Jazz, Uncategorized with tags on May 2, 2010 by telescoper

It being a rainy bank holiday weekend, I’ve been working, although I didn’t start until I’d done the Sunday crosswords and watched the football on the telly. Now it’s too late to post anything substantial, so I’ll resort to something from my back catalogue of bookmarked masterpieces from Youtube. This is a wonderful bluesy gospelly piece by the late great Nina Simone, a rare example in my opinion of a cover version being better than the original (in this case by Blind Willie Johnson).

Incidentally, I wonder if either of my regular readers can think of cover versions better than the original? Jeff Buckley’s intensely moving  version of Leonard Cohen’s great song Hallelujah springs to mind, but I’d be interested to hear other suggestions…