#Repost from @thedayafter2016 In 1964, Nina Simone debuted a song that changed her career, complicating her relationship with white America while cementing her allegiance with the civil rights movement. The song was "Mississippi Goddam," and she performed it live at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Simone introduced "Mississippi Goddam" by describing it as "a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it, yet." Less than a year earlier, the KKK bombed Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Four girls, none of them older than 14, were killed. In Mississippi activists were abused, tortured and killed with the approval of the state's lawmakers and civil authorities. Among them was Medgar Evers- a WWII veteran turned civil rights activist; a man unafraid of confronting the injustice around him. He became a target of white supremacists and paid for his bravery with his life. Evers was assassinated at his Mississippi home in 1963. Simone composed "Mississippi Goddam" largely in response to his death. Legend has it that it took her anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to write “Mississippi Goddam”. Name checking 3 of the Civil Rights battleground states, she sings, “Alabama’s gotten me so upset/ Tennessee made me lose my rest/ And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam.” “When I heard about the bombing of the church in which the 4 little black girls were killed,” she said, “I shut myself up in a room and that song happened. Medgar Evers had been recently slain in Mississippi. At first I tried to make myself a gun. I gathered some materials. I was going to take one of them out, and I didn’t care who it was. Then Andy, my husband at the time, said to me, ‘Nina, you can’t kill anyone. You are a musician. Do what you do.’ When I sat down the whole song happened. I never stopped writing until the thing was finished.” Mississippi Goddam” didn’t only mark a turning point in her relationship with her white fans, it also signified a growing frustration with America in general. Simone left the country for good in 1970, eventually settling in France where she died in 2003. #ninasimone#mississippigoddam#medgarevers#notsolongago#nsla#tidal#jazz#blues#jazzsinger#pianist
Jacob David's never-before-heard piece 'Loft' (recorded before the production of his debut album Omkuld) is part of our Piano Day compilation ‘Intervals’ - you can stream ‘Loft’ @soundcloud or download @bandcamp alongside Ed Carlsen’s track 'Bliss' (B-side from his Elusive Frames sessions).