Wednesday, September 15, 2004:


Nina Simone -- Four Women
This song hit me like a lacy silk sock pulled over a brick. I love the chilled out piano, the muted, going-nowhere-fast drums, the melody ... and the lyrics. See, that's the brick. This song doesn't grab you by the lapels; Peaches slinks up seductive and slow, then gives a sharp stab and a twist. She will cut you to the quick and clean her knife on your shirt.

Nina Simone was a firecracker. I have three two-discs sets of her music, a handful of overlap between them. She's worth it. If she felt like saying "Mississippi Goddam" she said "Mississippi Goddam," and it if got her banned throughout the South, she did it anyway.


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