With the 58th annual Grammy awards taking place this evening, I’ve heard that a documentary film about Nina Simone is on the list of nominees. Simone was the extremely talented singer, songwriter and pianist active in the second half of the 20th century. She was also ahead of her time.
Her start as a classical musician is evident in this video of her live performance of Love Me Or Leave Me. Listen for her Bach-like counterpoint following her opening vocal statement.
Learn more about the film here, via yesterday’s NPR interview with Simone’s daughter.