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Nina Simone – I Loves You Porgy – Musik dengan Insight Essentials

Nina Simone’s flavor of blues is entirely her own. Trained as a classical pianist, raised in the tradition of Deep South blues in the vein of Mississippi John Hurt, her style is hybrid but the soul of her music – and her voice – has its roots in blues. She mainly wrote in the vein of soul, R&B, and blues, but she occasionally covered other genres – thereby putting her own stamp on a generation of music variety. There are too many Nina songs to recommend, so I’ll just go with my favorite: her version of “I Loves You Porgy” from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.

Musically it’s impeccable, of course. The opening piano is lush and rich; her first words hesitant, deep, expressive. It settles into a seductive, rocking to-and-fro piano and bass duet that belies the complexity of the chords beneath. Many songs of this type – that is, the jazz / blues ballad, don’t allow the listener to connect viscerally with the singer, and hide the song’s strengths beneath an overly heavy rhythm section. But here, it’s all Nina. Her piano solos are straight, precise, and allow you to float up, down, up where she’s taking you.

Most of all her rendition of the song seems, feels genuine. It’s well-crafted, yes, but there’s no-one who emotes quite like she does. She brings you back and reminds you that this is a song of helpless, desperate love – really, that songs about such longing can exist and that the emotion itself is something that can overwhelm you and make you forget everything else. When I listen to her sing this song, more than any other one, I want to sink into the ground and cry. She strips the song down from its orchestral beginnings and makes you pay attention to just what it is to feel such pain. George Gershwin may have been the songwriter, but Nina Simone is who really makes it worth listening to. After all these years, I still can’t get through a single listen without feeling a shiver.

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