Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Though Song

On January 15th, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He was an American pastor, activist and humanitarian who helped advance the case of civil rights for all. I thought I would share with you a couple of my favorite songs that pay tribute to, or was inspired by, Dr. King. I hope you enjoy.Continue reading “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Though Song”

Young, Gifted & Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone | California Plaza | July 5, 2013

If Nina Simone were alive today, she would have celebrated her 80th birthday in April. Having passed away ten years ago, Grand Performances and KCRW organized a free evening concert in the heart of downtown Los Angeles celebrating her life. Hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel, it was an evening that touched on a wideContinue reading “Young, Gifted & Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone | California Plaza | July 5, 2013”

In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

On this day, February 21, 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, was born.  Below are videos of her performing live some of my favorite songs from her catalog. 1.  “Black is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair)”  2. “I Loves You, Porgy”  3. “Backlash Blues” (Written by Langston Hughes)  4. “I Put A SpellContinue reading “In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003”

A Year of Concerts: 2012, 24 Concerts, 1 Favorite

In 2012, I was blessed to have been able to attend 24 concerts.  This being the inaugural post of my blog, I thought it may be a good way to kick things off if I listed each of the concerts in the order that I enjoyed them (starting with the least favorite, and ending withContinue reading “A Year of Concerts: 2012, 24 Concerts, 1 Favorite”