pointedview (pointedview) wrote,

Rocks, rivers, and sinners: call and response for "No Hiding Place"

The song "No Hiding Place" has influenced at least three things I like:

  • "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place" - Babylon 5
    Warning: this episode from the third season will likely spoil you if you haven't watched up to that point.

  • "Sinnerman" - Nina Simone
    My father introduced me to her work at an early age, but I was reminded of this classic when it was used in the S2 finale of Sherlock.

  • "On the Pulse of Morning" - Maya Angelou
    I have the audio tape of this, and on the B side, Angelou explains the imagery of the rock, the river, and the tree, and cites "No Hiding Place" as an influence (she even sings a few lines). In retrospect, I'm assuming that the "Sinnerman" was the person being inaugurated. ;) /snark

Note: Although you normally hear it as a gospel rendition, I linked the first video because it clearly shows the connection with "Sinnerman."

I just thought it was kind of interesting that Maya Angelou, Babylon 5, and Nina Simone apparently shared a most recent common ancestor in terms of being inspired by this song.

Tags: babylon 5, introspection/analysis, music
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