Sunday, July 26, 2009

T is for Tenderness

Utter, utter class

Guardian newspaper
What is more comforting than a Christmas carol? Beginning with a piano arrangement of Good King Wenceslas, she slowly fleshes out a harmony on the piano, building it up into an impressionistic wash of sound before entering with a soothing, warm vocal that ... and here's the problem: it's not remotely consoling. It's tenderly sung and arranged certainly, but Nina is telling her charge that she may as well give up: "It's time you knew / All you can ever count on / Are the raindrops that fall / On little girl blue." The culprits are everywhere, adding tender harps and vibraphones to tales of woe
The song isn't on the album but listen anyway
Nina Simone Sings the Blues

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