What better way to wrap up Women’s Month than to pay homage to the diversity, strength, tragedy, and beauty of all women? No song personifies the essence of the female psyche quite like Nina Simone’s “Four Women”. It’s a song dripping with heartache and honesty, something for which Simone was known throughout her entire career. “Four Women” stood out as one of her most beloved songs, giving hope and deep care to Black women of all colours, shapes, sizes, and creeds. It’s, in a word, perfect.
The song opens with a sparse and deliberate beating of the piano. Four notes hammer themselves out from the lower end of the piano through to the heart of the listener as soon as the song begins. It’s a steady march that breathes into the first verse, describing a sparse and deliberate woman with the strength to hold up the worries of the world.