Monday, July 20, 2009

Plain Gold Ring

fortunately things were fairly still around me when i first heard this song. if they weren't, i imagine that they would have been shortly after. nina simone has always been both enigmatic and familiar at the same time. her words and her voice have always been shrouded in a cloud of mystery while at the same time sounding familial -like the voice of a matriarch.

i didn't know how to interpret this song when I first heard it. i certainly didn't know how to give it visual expression....until i listened to it a second time. "plain gold ring on his finger he wore. it was wear everyone could see. he belonged to someone but not me. on his hand was a plain gold band..."

After these words came a drum beat -militaristic, slow, haunting.

Then I knew.

carlton d mackey

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