David Nathan’s Diary

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- August 6, 2021: PHYLLIS HYMAN: JOYOUSLY HONORING AN OLD FRIEND...

In 1977, David Nathan met the iconic Phyllis Hyman for the first time when they were Manhattan neighbors, conducting her first interview for a British magazine. It was the start of a professional and personal association that continued close to twenty years and now, 44 years later, David shares memories and the joy of honouring the legacy of a great artist with a 2021 collection of her music...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- August 14, 2021: ARETHA: FOREVER LIGHTING UP MY LIFE....

In the summer of1978, David Nathan conducted one of his memorable interviews with 'The Queen Of Soul,' then living at her beautiful home in Encino, California. Among the many topics covered in their extensive conversation was Aretha's then-recent recording of the song, "You Light Up My Life" which she had been performing in concert to standing ovations. In a remarkable turn of events, David had a hand in bringing that recording to light in 2021!

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - February 22, 2021: NINA SIMONE: FURTHER REFLECTIONS & MEMORIES FROM THE '60s

In celebration of the anniversary of her birthday on February 21st, 1933 and in conjunction with the digital release of an expanded edition of “Folksy Nina,” the iconic Nina Simone’s 8th album for Colpix Records, SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan recalls in this Q&A the impact this pioneering artist and SoulMusic Hall Of Fame ‘Legacy Posthumous’ inductee had on him during his teenage years in London...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- January 1, 2021: Personal Reflections on 2020

SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan offers personal reflections on 2020, with music as an antidote to lockdown, loneliness and turbulent times and essential for lifting the spirit... Talkin' Esther Phillips, Aretha, Dionne...as well as three films that truly moved me....

Earth, Wind & Fire: Classic 1975 Interview + Personal Postscript From David Nathan

2020 Introduction: The now-legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire were experiencing their first major breakthrough into mainstream success in 1975 with the release of “That’s The Way Of The World,” (inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame Classic Album category in 2020) ahead of their first European tour in September ’75 as special guests of the group Santana when SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan conducted what he considers a life-changing conversation with Maurice White (read the personal postscript for more about this...)

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - November 3, 2020: Message In The Music, Keepers Of The Flame

The message in the music… SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan reflects on the power of music to make a tangible difference in dealing with life, sharing about some recent recordings that address today's everchanging and ever challenging times...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- November 19, 2020: Aretha: Life, Love, Laughter & The Groove

ARETHA… Reflecting on my thoughts on August 16, the second anniversary of the passing of the acknowledged ‘Queen Of Soul’ (with whom I first had contact back in 1966, as a teenage fan writing a letter c/o her father’s church and, oh happy day, getting a reply) – I find myself drawn to the aspects of her music, her legacy and her personality, notably different from what first touched my heart and soul…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - Reflections Of The Journey OF A British Soul Man...

Last week, host Bethany Dawson welcomed SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and A&R Specialist Darone Bowers as they chat about how Nathan got his start in music journalism, the many artists he's interviewed and how Soul Music has evolved over the decades. Tune in here if you missed it!