May 10, 2008
Stage actress and vocalist sings soul with sensational soles
Though totally taken in by her pair of pointy toe, form-fitted, black, glossy, patent leather-like high heels, the possibility that they might have been icky, '80s-styled anklets had me concerned. Oh no—-Simone rolled up her pants and presented a calf-climbing cobbler's creation by lifting her lovely, leather-lined leg above the lunch table. Petite on the feet and fabulously feminized, Simone's shoes looked like girl-geared biker boots without buckles, stretching black, shiny sheaths up to her knees. Definitely not out-of-style, old school anklets, my fears were totally unwarranted.
"You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes," Simone smiled. "My uncle used to say that."
Simone's Chicago concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music, preceding the May 13, 2008 release of her debut album, Simone on Simone-—produced in tribute to her mother, Nina Simone, through High Priestess/Koch Records—-was the next night. The gold-strapped high-heel sandals that she wore on stage were sexy too.
Simone can be found online at www.simonesworld.com.
*Note: Tentatively titled "Legacy of Soul," the PINK Magazine interview by Jason P. Freeman, profiling Simone and her Chicago '08 concert, is, as of press time, slated for feature in the publication's summer issue, hitting stands June 2008.