I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
The captivating emotion that Nina Simone emits with every syllable she sings can never be denied. When I listen to her songs of freedom, self-acceptance and love, the hair on my arms stands up as the electricity of her music shoots through me.
The first time I heard her play Sinnerman as a child, I must have played that 45 for an hour straight. I became a forever fan, and although many have sung the song, it will always belong to Nina in my eyes.
An artist without measure, her prodigal stroking of the ivory keys was unmatched. She was classically trained, and although many referred to her music as gospel or Jazz, she referred to it as ‘black classical music.’
To Listen to Simone Sing I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free please visit YouTube here:
For a glimpse into the artistry of Nina, and to get your Monday moving, watch this video of one of her incredible performances of Sinnerman here:
Is there a Nina Simone song or performance that stands out for you?
I’d love to know in the comments.