Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nina Simone: Feelings (1976)

Nina Simone [1933–2003; born Eunice Kathleen Waymon] performs “Feelings” at Casino de Montreux at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 3rd, 1976. (The pop song’s lyrics were written in 1974 by Brazilian singer Morris Albert.) You either get what she’s trying to do or you don’t. (Hint: in accordance to the song’s title, she is expressing feelings, emotions to an audience that seems to lack them or is embarrassed to display them in any outward measure.) It’s that simple. I find this performance both spine-tingling and sad. This is a woman of deep emotions, of deep feelings and incredible sensitivity and intelligence. The setlist can be found [here].

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