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Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson's Favourite Albums
Jennifer Lucy Allan , October 14th, 2019 08:45

Tales of the oddest record shop on Tyneside and much more as Richard Dawson guides Jennifer Lucy Allan through an unsurprisingly diverse selection of records in this week's Baker's Dozen


Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue​
I like Nina Simone a lot, and I think it's something that was really awoken for people with that amazing documentary from a couple a years ago. Her piano playing is so fabulous, and she has a very strange voice - I don't know of anyone who sings even remotely like Nina Simone. I was sold on her pretty early but I remember feeling like it was almost something to be hidden, because everyone around us thought she was really cack. I think that's to do with how sentimental she is, and very theatrical, or over the top – she has these crescendos of emotion. 

Another example of that would be Daniel Johnston – it's so direct and unadorned. I think people are more open to that now. That might just be to do with the fashion of being more open with your feelings. That feels like a bit of a trend – it feels like a positive one to me, but it does seem like there are fashions and trends in how we conduct ourselves emotionally and what's acceptable and what's not. Nina Simone strikes a chord with how things are now.