Phyllis Hyman Talks About Life

Phyllis, Strenght of a Woman
Image by Soul Portrait via Flickr

The Inimitable Phylis Hyman! Such a beautiful spirit – a realist who was so attuned to her own truth.  She was so beautiful, wasn’t she?  Beauty radiated up from her soul.  She was the epitome of inside and outside beauty.   She was a woman’s woman – so articulate in expressing our true heart.  She sang about our desires to simply be loved and respected.  She spoke out our desires –  to have and hold onto good love.   She told us stories about having love and not recognizing it, and falling for and experiencing the heartbreak of untrue love.

As I listened to Phyllis speak in these clips, I was struck by the depth of her wisdom.  This wonderful realness was what I know her fans loved about her.   Her vulnerability connected us to her.  In listening to her speak now, her truthfulness draws me.

During Phyllis Hyman’s heyday, I didn’t relate to her music, because it was so real, too real for the little girl that I was.  I wasn’t yet able (or willing) to delve that deep into my feminine soul.  I was merely a girl-child, skipping stones on the surface of my soul!  But as I listen now I can relate to this beautiful black woman who lived life on her terms, with love, honesty and integrity.  We all should aspire to be our real selves like Phyllis Hyman did.  Listen as she talks about life.

Emotional Highs and Lows

A Love Interest

Living On the Road

Supporting Black Owned Business

“Old Friend”

“Living Alone”

6 Comments Add yours

  1. I love her music. It was true soul music.

    Have you read her bio, Anna? It’s really interesting.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      No, I haven’t but I want to.

  2. Lin says:

    These videos are like postmarks in time, reminding us of just how very lovely she was; and she looks so young and fresh, w/ not a trace of a demon in sight. She was easily one of, if not DEE Most Captivating songtresses of our generation, visually (so TALL, iconic & striking!!) & vocally, so unique, classy, & soulful. I wish life would have been kinder to her, that her survival skills were stronger or more intact, and that she was still here with us, giving us pleasure and goosebumps w/ that shimmering instrument of her voice.

    I miss her.


    1. Anna Renee says:

      She truly was a beautiful spirit, and I’m sad that she struggled with that.

  3. Carolyn Moon says:

    I miss Phyllis Hyman and regret how lonely and trapped she felt at the end and the only way out for her was death. “Prime of My Life”, “I Refuse to be Lonely” and “Old Friend” remain my favorites.

    She also reminded me of my mother, who was statuesque with an aura of sadness at times and loved wearing beautiful clothes and elegant hats!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      It’s so sad when we don’t believe how wonderful we are. I don’t know any way to overcome that, except the Lord. She mentions that it was God and her friends who helped her to the place she was in her career.

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