The Parable of Village Gate Live: a Story of my Relationship with Nina Simone
We all have relationships with musical artists. You have artists you think you know. But do you really? Oh sure you have a bunch of their stuff from when Mike (or insert other generic name here) gave you ton of music. Every time their songs come on a party you know who it is and you know the lyrics (…mostly). You may even bump their stuff regularly on a real nice playlist you put together. However, this does not necessarily mean your relationship is as solid as you may think. I recently discovered a relationship of mine was an empty husk of greatest-hit-laziness. My story serves as lesson to ensure you never take for granted the ones you love.
My relationship with Nina Simone reached a point where I got so comfortable I somehow lost sight how special she was. When we were first introduced we stayed up all night together, just learning about each other (siiiigh) and ourselves. At first I tried all kinds of things with her, then slowly I found things I liked that she would do, and all of a sudden those were the only things we would do. Don’t get me wrong. Those things were are great, but after so many times…things just…change. And that’s how things had gone on for a while. Until one night for reasons since forgotten, I took a hard look at myself (and my Nina collection) and realized how I had taken her for granted for all these years. Of course she KNOWS that I love her, but sometimes that is not enough and you have to express things with actions. So I decided I would go somewhere new with Nina. That somewhere was “Village Gate Live” and right away I remembered all the reasons why I loved her, but even more importantly, I learned to love her in new ways I never took the time to appreciate before. On this Valentine’s Day take the time, make the effort to appreciate that special someone in way you haven’t before….and I guess you can do that with a real human too. But, more importantly, the digging was the moral to that story.
But ACTUALLY even more importantly listen to “Village Gate Live” and listen to it like CRAZY. Seriously, I didn’t take the time to write a whole bullshit metaphor for a prettttty good album.