got my feet, got my toes, got my liver…


I’ve always loved Nina. Even when I was nine years old and had never heard her name or saw her face and thought she was a man. So, it was always gonna be awesome, because it’s Nina. About halfway through I started thinking, because that’s what I do, “So, what does it say about Flynn and her life right now, that this brings her to tears?” Trying to be all psychoanalytical and unfeeling because it wasn’t moving me to anything other than the norm. Then it kicked in. The tears. And the happy dance. The pure gratitude and joy.




I watched this on DVD earlier and was awestruck, and tried to describe it to myself in my head. I think she understood pain, and she didn’t give a shit about making it pretty, because suffering isn’t pretty. Thinking of what she sang about makes me think of something Cormac McCarthy said to the effect of ‘any writer who doesn’t write about death is just kidding themselves.’

I guess
Or think

She defies description.



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  • Flynn
    Mar 8, 2011 at 22:25

    “got my boobies”

    Best part.

  • Buffy
    Mar 8, 2011 at 23:58

    I always think ‘I misheard that’. Always.

  • JP Fanshawe
    Mar 10, 2011 at 14:26

    Love it. I think Nina Simone is one of those artists that get perpetally discovered by each generation. There really is something about her that defies description.

  • steph
    Mar 10, 2011 at 17:13

    i was so coming to write ” I GOT MY BOOBIES”

    hahaha you so beat me to it mISS FLYNN 😉

  • Flynn
    Mar 10, 2011 at 23:54

    Steph officially joins the ranks of the Psychic Soul Sisters…

  • Steph
    Mar 11, 2011 at 22:25

  • Buffy
    Jun 24, 2011 at 16:58

    Just now seeing the Patrice link, Steph. I think what the three of us need are Psychic Soul Sisters tees. Because that would be ridiculous and really good fun.

    If I only knew someone who could make them……