50 Shades of Jazz ~ Poet’s Beat ~ ODE TO NINA SIMONE by Olutunde Olufemi ~ Plus’d Up with Nina’s You’ll Never Walk Alone

The classical keys of Nina Simone display a rousing and wondrous rendition of the musical classic “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the (1945) Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” This clearly demonstrates her technical and improvisational abilities on the piano.  This is  another example of a legendary  woman who was an activist like so many women during the Sixties who fought for freedom on all counts and the power of words, sound and images to awaken our souls.  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)

Abstract woman in the Rain


by Olutunde Olufemi

Sing your songs of redemption

and make us feel proud

Sing your songs of liberation

and sing it loud/loud/loud

Take a tune that’s quick and white

and make it black and bold

Rap to us about the men hung

and the children sold.

Sing Nina sing

play your piano in a strange land

to celebrate the life of an African

play/play/play our favorite jams

and let us sing with you

in one accord Mississippi god damn!

Sing breathing blue madness

beating down the hip and the hop

hipping the young hipsters

to C sharp pig latin be bop.

Play your piano and chant your spell

pour over our souls your catchall of love

touch our hearts and make us obsessed

to hear you roll in your ancient mist

move us to dance like we were possessed..

Oshun of blues singing in colorful hues

we yearn to taste your voodoo brews

your beautiful ebony voice will be

the chords of your instrument will be

will be tattooed on our faces/seared on our tongues

resonating cry me a river from our internal drums.

Sing Nina sing

impregnate us with your ancestral gift

rock us with your blazing riffs

let all those that hear you be devoured

bring the sun as you do at the midnight hour

so that they will feel what we feel

we love you/we love you Nina and always will

So sing Nina sing

and let your song carry from Atlanta to Capetown

demanding your respect and our freedom now!

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  1. #1 by Tito Tobi on February 4, 2014 - 4:30 am

    Reblogged this on Tito Tobi's Humanetech blog.


    • #2 by Jazzybeatchick on February 4, 2014 - 5:45 am

      Thank you for reblogging my post. Peace Out! JBC 8-)


  2. #4 by navigator1965 on January 31, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Never heard this before. There’s an emotional and intellectual depth to the performance that exist beyond the obvious technical skills.

    This would sound sublime on a Nantais Lenco turntable and SET tube system.


    • #5 by Jazzybeatchick on January 31, 2014 - 6:00 pm

      Now I was doing great on the emotional and intellectual thing. You totally lost me on the Jean Nantais Lenco tube thing. How fair is that? Well played, in the audio techno no stuff. Show off! JBC 8-)


      • #6 by navigator1965 on January 31, 2014 - 7:17 pm

        Sorry, JBC. Jean Nantais is the guy you’d expect to find in a white robe on top of a mountain in Nepal if you were seeking deep turntable wisdom. He rebuilds old Lenco idler wheel drive turntables, and those “in the know” say that Jean’s decks beat anything out there, including the ludicrouse $50K+ decks. Used to live here in Ottawa, and I own one of his older models (used).

        http://www.idler-wheel-drive.com. If you’re wondering, this devote audiophile claim’s Jean’s decks are the best: http://www.high-endaudio.com/RC-Lenco.html (lots of material)

        Wasn’t showing off, just get excited about a great stereo. Can take you so close to the performance hidden within the vinyl grooves. Communion, even.


      • #7 by Jazzybeatchick on January 31, 2014 - 7:26 pm

        WOW that sounds incredible. My up close and personal was hearing it at Carneigie Hall in NYC in 1970. I imagine my dad would really be able to talk and relate to the finer nuances of that perfect sound and note. That is way cool. I am going to C/O the website. Thanks for sharing this cool and deep info on a seemingly awesome auditory experience. JBC 8-)


      • #8 by navigator1965 on January 31, 2014 - 7:48 pm

        Did my reply to your email get back to you? My system “junked” it for some reason, and I just found it this evening. Terribly sorry about that.

        Yes, live is better. Never had the privilege of Carnegie Hall. Would have loved to have heard Eva Cassidy there. Her singing haunts me with its soulfulness.


      • #9 by Jazzybeatchick on January 31, 2014 - 7:53 pm

        Yes, I got your reply and I sent it back to you. I can resend if you want me to. These things happen, no worries. Glad you answered I was thinking the worst of course, you know “what did I get myself into”. Awkward! Thanks again, JBC 8-)


  3. #10 by Painting Pundit on January 31, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Wonderful! Thanks for posting!!


  4. #12 by Let's CUT the Crap! on January 31, 2014 - 9:22 am

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark…

    Gosh I loved that song. I’ve never heard it played quite so slow but I l.i.k.e. the rise and fall of the melody. :-D


  5. #17 by Hetterbell on January 31, 2014 - 7:09 am

    I love how the music builds and builds approaching the end.


    • #18 by Jazzybeatchick on January 31, 2014 - 7:27 am

      Yes when I just sit still and listen deeply you will feel the changes in your body in response the music. When words come into the picture you visualize and memories will be awakened. Thank you for sharing that. JBC 8-)


      • #19 by Hetterbell on February 2, 2014 - 11:02 am

        Yes, images can come into the mind that are difficult to put into words.


      • #20 by Jazzybeatchick on February 2, 2014 - 1:42 pm

        That’s awesome. JBC 8-)



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