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Nina Simone is one of my favorite artists. When Ethan was a baby, I would regularly take him on long drives listening to Nina while he cooed along with her in the backseat, his little arms waving in the air to the sound of her soulful, androgynous voice.

This installment of Feministe downloads consists on my favorite songs by Nina Simone.

Feeling Good
Birds in the sky / You know how I feel / Sun in the sky / You know how I feel … It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day / It’s a new life for me / And I’m feelin’ good

Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter
Nina calls out a man acting out of line, among other things. Awesome song with great bongo percussion.

I Get Along Without You Very Well
Yes she does. Unless it’s spring, or anything else that reminds her of her lover.

Bonus download, Sister Nancy’s “No No No.” As soon as it gets warm around here the reggae comes out. If it isn’t warm where you are, bring it on with this slow jam.

5 thoughts on Nina!

  1. I’ve always said that, if I was to try out for American Idol (I can’t believe I’m about to say this publicly) that I’d sing “Feeling Good.”

    She’s amazing.

    (By the way, Funker Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter’s link doesn’t work)

  2. I knew there was a reason that I liked you! Nina is one of my favorites too. I love the more civil rights/race relations pieces like 4 women, Pirate Jenny, and Mississippi God damn. Her work is phenomenal and it still gives me chills after several decades (yep, telling my age) of listening to her music.

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