SO LONG NINA SIMONE

April 23, 2003

namatay na pala si nina simone. isa siya sa mga unang artist na tinangkilik namin ni jet nung nagsisimula kaming nag-collect ng mga CD. marami siyang magagandang kanta at higit na maraming mga cover version ng mga standard blues, jazz at mainstream hits. siya ang naunang kumanta ng “House of the Rising Sun” (nung 1961), bago pa ito pinasikat ni eric burdon at ang “animals” nung 1964 (hindi animal husbandry, ha – ako yon eh).

bukod sa kantang ito, ang pinaka paborito ko ay ang kanyang version ng “solitude”. pakinggan nyo ito pag kayo’y nasesenti at nag-iisa, pag di kayo naiyak ng wala sa oras. may version din ito si louie armstrong at equally great in a senti kind of way. its like listening to the beatles’ “strawberry fields forever” while your driving on a rainy and cold evening.

In my solitude you haunt me
With reveries of days gone by
In my solitude you taunt me
With memories that never die

I sit in my chair
Filled with despair
Nobody could be so sad
With gloom ev’rywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad

In my solitude
I’m praying
Dear Lord above
Send back my love

galing ano? ang lamig ng boses ni nina, kailangan mong mag-jacket pagtapos ng kanta. oo nga pala, huwag mo itong patutugtugin pag down and out ka talagat at baka mapilitan kang mag-bigte. hehehe… o kaya, tanggalin mo muna yung sheltox sa bahay before playing the CD pag super lungkot ka.

naalala nyo pa ba yung kanta ng dinosaurs (isang pinoy rock group) na “try a little suicide” na sumikat nung early 1980’s? i digress…

kung napanood nyo yung pelikulang “the assasin” or “point of no return” (depends what country you’re in) ni bridget fonda at gabriel byrne. there’s the scene there where bridget agrees to accept the assasin job only if gabriel byrne could produce a nina simone record. great scene. ugly movie though. hehehe. good-bye nina… hope you rest in peace in that great big house of the rising sun in the sky.

NINA SIMONE ( see-moan ang pronounciation ah, hindi sim-one, parang sylvester sta-loan: hindi stall-one!)

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