No Turn Unstoned #118: ABBEY LINCOLN was here!

When everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. It’s the only thing that we have really in this world — is an ability to express ourselves and say, “I was here.” —Abbey Lincoln

Rest in peace, Abbey! Your artistry touched me very deeply during your journey here.

Abbey Lincoln / August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010


(play streaming mp3 archive if you can’t access the play.fm widget)

I discovered an extraordinary video/animation on Youtube of Abbey, posted by yzopenyoureyes. It captures her spirit, beautifully!

Playlist:

  • Garvey’s Ghost feat. Abbey Lincoln – Max Roach – Percussion Bitter Sweet [Impulse!]
  • Tears For Johannesburg feat. Abbey Lincoln – Max Roach – We Insist! [Candid]
  • Mr. Tambourine Man – Abbey Lincoln – Who Used To Dance [Verve]
  • Africa – Abbey Lincoln – People In Me [Verve]
  • Freedom Day feat. Abbey Lincoln – Max Roach – We Insist! [Candid]
  • Lonesome Lover feat. Abbey Lincoln – Max Roach His Chorus & Orchestra – It’s Time [Verve]
  • Whistling Away The Dark – Abbey Lincoln – Talking To The Sun [Enja]
  • When Autumn Sings – Abbey Lincoln – Who Used To Dance [Verve]
  • Midnight Sun – Abbey Lincoln – Wholly Earth [Verve]
  • Let Up – Abbey Lincoln – Abbey Is Blue [Riverside]
  • The Music Is The Magic – Abbey Lincoln – Devil’s Got Your Tongue [Verve]
  • When Malindy Sings – Abbey Lincoln – Straight Ahead [Candid]
  • And It’s Supposed To Be Love – Abbey Lincoln – Wholly Earth [Verve]
  • And It’s Supposed to Be Love – Ayo – Joyful [Polydor]
  • Wholly Earth – Abbey Lincoln – Wholly Earth [Verve]
  • I Sing A Song – Abbey Lincoln – Who Used To Dance [Verve]
  • For All We Know – Abbey Lincoln – You And I [Jazzfest]
  • Left Alone – Abbey Lincoln – Straight Ahead [Candid]
  • The River – Abbey Lincoln – Who Used To Dance [Verve]
  • Story Of My Father – Abbey Lincoln – Devil’s Got Your Tongue [Verve]
  • Long As You’re Living – Abbey Lincoln – Abbey Is Blue [Riverside]
  • Forgive me if I seem to preach
    but there is something that I wanna say
    a message that I hope will reach
    people who are throwing life away
    I call it my philosophy
    that is why I pass it on to you
    because it works so well for me
    and helps me get away from strife
    I hope you’ll listen carefully
    They say the truth will make you free
    and that’s the way you wanna be
    cause, brother, this is your life

    long as you’re living
    always remember
    time is for spending
    but there’s an ending
    while you are sleeping
    lifetime is creeping
    wake up and taste it
    foolish to waste it
    sample and savor
    all of its flavor
    long as you’re living

    long as you’re living
    always remember
    folks who are lazy
    are playing crazy
    better keep moving
    keep on improving
    you won’t be hurried
    after you’re buried
    live every minute
    put yourself in it
    long as you’re living

    long as you’re living
    always remember
    you’ll never beat life
    don’t try to cheat life
    all men are brothers
    do unto others
    love’s for enjoying
    hate’s for destroying
    never forget it
    or you’ll regret it
    long as you’re living

    Forgive me if I seem to preach
    but there was something that I had to say
    a message that I hope will reach
    people who are throwing life away
    I call it my philosophy
    that is why I pass it on to you
    because it works so well for me
    and helps me get away from strife
    I hope you’ll listen carefully
    They say the truth will make you free
    and that’s the way you wanna be

    cause, brother, this is your life!

    written by Oscar Brown Jr.

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