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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.


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May. 27th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
it's very elemental i think. influenced a lot of modern musicians. writers - i would speculate phil k. dick and ray bradbury but maybe i'm just thinking of their takes on Mars.

when did this song first enter your consciousness? and why has it come up again now?
and why am i asking all these questions? LOL!
May. 30th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I am embarrassed to say that I haven't read much Philip K. Dick. Certainly I've seen almost everything that Hollywood has adapted from his work, but that ain't quite the same ball o' wax, I know. :)

Hmmm, when did the song first enter my consciousness ... I guess it would be the inauguration poem in January of 1993, since I bought the audio tape shortly afterward, which includes the musical excerpt. In a way, it's surprising that it didn't come sooner, as I grew up in the deep South.

I'm glad you're asking these questions! I appreciate someone expressing an interest in my random navel-gazings. :D

Edit: I hit "Post" before I realized I neglected to say that I love your Fran Kranz icon. :)

Edited at 2012-05-30 07:49 pm (UTC)
May. 31st, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
LOL! well, you read who you read when you read 'em;
i have huge gaps in my author/works knowledge for sure.
in fact i love hearing about reading groups just to get some outside suggestions:))

i enjoy the navels of others, my own - not so much!

glad you like Cabin Fran :)

Edited at 2012-05-31 06:41 am (UTC)
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