As a person who lost his father long time ago, "Papa can you hear me" makes me cry everytime. I know it's her own version of the song, but you can feel her hearth and soul in that song. What a piece of art this woman was!
her earthy soul...perfection is in her impefections. Classically trained vocalists may be more technically correct. but her realness and soul make her music relatable art that resonates with common people and her immense artistic vision makes her work timeless. Her original pieces and her covers are equally amazing....and that in itself is quite a feat. Her wisdom, frankness, honesty, devotion to her art, and her soul make her eternal.
It's pretty much impossible not to respect the woman Nina Simone was. She didn't tolerate racism, ignorance or contemporary trends. She was as direct with people in life as she was in her music. Amazing woman.