Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Songs of Protest and Inspiration performed by Nina Simone.

 The High Priestess of Soul was one talented Lady. I haven't seen many artists that can capture an audience and move them in any direction they desire from one second to the next.
I believe she did this not by design but by allowing those sharing the moment with her, into her innermost intimate place and just being herself, which is why she always seemed so vulnerable. This condition of vulnerability coupled with the nature of these following pieces make for some spectacularly moving performances. Hang on to your hearts.

Nina Simone - Revolution & Strange Fruit

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam

Nina Simone - Blackbird

Nina Simone: Go To Hell

Nina Simone - I Shall Be Released

Nina Simone: Four Women

Nina Simone: Take Me To The Water

Nina Simone: To Be Young, Gifted and Black

Monday, February 20, 2017

Americans consider Frederick Douglass's words

The following recording is an example of the kind of effort that will be necessary for Americans to begin racial healing. It's good to see that some folks are making the attempt and we can all follow their example.
Frederick Douglass

VHC, Reading: Frederick Douglass, The 4th of July

Frederick Douglass the Orator - a biography

by Gregory, James M. (James Monroe), 1849-1915