Good Morning #mydarlings! I am having so much fun with you all on this #ALLOFME tour! #NOLA, you sure showed the Doll a good time last night! As I was getting my stuff ready to head to Austin this morning, Nina Simone's version of "House of the Rising Sun" came on my iTunes. Something about being in this city and hearing her voice croon "there is a house in New Orleans..." Her minimal yet beautiful orchestration, her voice....it only seemed right to make her today's Black History Month star.
She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and ‘60s. A civil rights activist, she wrote songs promoting the movement. To learn more about this celebrated musician, click here or here.