Nina Simone – Be My Husband, Live in Antibes, 1965

Nina Simone’s By My Husband is not a background tune. You don’t put it on and do other things. You don’t listen halfway. If you try, you find yourself distracted. Holding still, staring into space, becoming fully absorbed by the music, the moment.

Some songs make you feel happy. Some songs make you feel sad. Some songs go a step beyond and make you feel alive, make you remember that you are real, you are flesh and blood, a heart and soul.

This is one of those songs. The kind that make your fingers tingle and your limbs feel light.

Watch Nina sing Be My Husband live, with only a drum beat to accompany her. Remember that you are alive. A real person with flesh, blood, and bones–heart and soul.

            

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Dacia Rivers

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