Tuesday, July 04, 2006

nina simone saves the day

This is my desk at work and today the Nina Simone CD so prominently featured saved the day. This was one of those days when there was only one time-critical thing that needed to be done and I was finally able to finish it 20 minutes before the end of the day. Everybody needed me today. And hey, it's great to be needed, but sometimes you need a little back-up and the William Shakespeare action figure just isn't going to cut it.

Enter Nina, stage right.

"Darling, you are always needed. . . "
"I wish I knew how it would feel to be free. . ."
"I need a little sugar in my bowl. . ."

Preach it sister.

I was first introduced to the wonder that is Nina Simone my third year of university. My roommate Roni had Nina Simone Sings the Blues and it became our go-to album for late nights and term papers. When our brains were too tired to think and our fingers too stiff to move we'd skip over to track #8 and let the world melt away. Worked every time.

Turns out it still does.


Janice said...

Claire, I LOVE your Shakespeare figurine!! So totally you. Ah, I miss you. Hope all is well. Enjoy catching up on your blog.

westcoastloon said...

Hi Janice, long time!

Vancouver has an amazing Shakespeare festival shameless Bard plug and when I saw the action figure in the gift tent last summer I knew I had to have it. The company that makes them does a whole range of them -- Freud, Einstien. A geekfest to be sure.

They also sell a hilarious collection of cube dwellers that I'd love to add to my desk. Might be a little too close to reality though :)

JAnie & DAve said...

Great, desk! I think office environments are important because you are suppose to create great works of art (websites, articles, edits) from your post and if the space doesn't say 'inspiring, relaxing, motivating' then you are at a loss.
I think i will have to hop onto itunes and have a little listen to this fabulus female of musical wonders!

Thanks for the website link to strung out! I didn't know they had a page. I think it is great that you are going to take classes. I wish i could go to them with you! I went to Mcnally Robinson and looked at their paper and bead books and my word was i inspired and blown away. So i thought perhaps i would find something similar at the library, but i had NO such luck. Part of me doesn't mind paying library late fines in hopes that my money is going towards NEW books. hohumhumn!

Well, take care. I am off to shop for new glasses (sunglasses, rx) this afternoon. I am bringing a friend to help with the frame situation.
Love Janie

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