In this moment, I write this with the surety of all the past moments that I have lived up to now.
“Everything Must Change” as recorded by Nina Simone, is the song that I have been listening to and singing along with in the odd moments since I rediscovered it last week.
It is a song from my childhood, that I think we eighth graders may have sung for our graduation. Because my memory here is foggy, I cannot say for sure if that is true. I do know the song well and I am delighted to have rediscovered it again and Nina’s hauntingly beautiful version.
When she sings the words: “There is so, little in life you can be sure of” slight pause, wait for it “woo ooh, ooh”. It is the way she sings this woo ooh, ooh. I have the feeling of being in Church on a Sunday morning listening to the Soloist singing the truth about life and faith.
The goose bumps and the tingling in my Soul are real.
Listening to her phrasing of this lyric, I know she understood what she was singing about.
Looking backwards through my own life experiences, I can testify to the truth of these words.
Nina Simone’s rewording of Benard Ighner‘s song does not distract anything from the original lyrics.
It just makes it her own.
It is her teaching us through song, what Maya Angelou taught us through these words.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
— Maya Angelou
It is what I am trying to communicate to you.
Everything does change with time.
Hold on to your hope and the truth that your own life has been teaching you.
Keep on walking Sisters!
listen to Nina, she knows!
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