“Messy lives are the interesting lives”
- Great Lives Podcast on Eunice Kathleen Wayman, aka Nina Simone
The ultimate embodiment of strength and grace and beauty, while also just doing whatever the f she wants, and while also blasting out her being a galvanizing pulse to a nationwide movement.
Her music hits all the hard notes. The painful things, but that make you stronger. The Netflix documentary on her is part study guide for how to "You Do You". And I'm not just talking about it because I used to work there. I *watch this movie once a year* #studyguide
Her music lets you go through the feelings when you need to. Feel it for a little bit - she takes you there - let it hurt for a minute - get angry or heartbroken or lost or whatever - Nina's singing right there with you soaking up that feeling you're pulling out and shedding off right now - and then you *work that shit out*. That's what happens when you go through a Nina Simone playlist. Try this one of my favorites.
Nina Simone. 18" x 18" oil on canvas