Not exactly a song this Sunday, though we do have music in this video thanks to my fabulous friend Juan Tarquini (who put the whole thing together for me). Four years ago today my dear friend Pat Steer died. I met her on a cancer forum back in 2008 after we’d both been diagnosed with stage 4 variations of colon/rectal/liver, etc. And she became not just a friend but my sister and my hero, the no-nonsense voice of reason, the one I knew would never bullshit me, the one who loved me too.
Just before Pat died she expressed sadness in her final blog post about (amongst other things) not having ever been able to come on one of my tapas tours, so I obliged by going all around town to some of my favourite places and (badly) filming a typical tapeo with her included.
Juan did his best with the mess of clips I left with him, and Pat said it took her at least four times to get through it, because she kept breaking down in tears. But finally she watched it all and loved it. And I still love her and always will. Four years ago today I lost her, and I still miss her so very much. Strong thoughts, my darling. xx
I didn’t realise that the original version of this song was performed by Nina Simone, not The Animals. But I also love this version by Santa Esmeralda, and this video has some nifty “splicing & dicing” with professional flamenco dancers.
The first time I ever heard this I was 17 years old, sitting in the apartment I was sharing with my boyfriend Brian in Winnipeg. Had CBC radio on… it was around 6 pm (I even remember the time!) and then my life changed. The combination of wildness and precision, with all these amazing musicians performing live at Carnegie Hall, still blows me away. Happy Sunday!🙂