Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon talks about coping with grief in her podcast 'Great Grief'
Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon will tape a live broadcast of her podcast on love, loss and grief — titled "Great Grief" — on Wednesday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, which was designed by her husband, renowned architect Phil Freelon.
Nnenna Freelon describes her latest album, "Time Traveler," filled with songs they listened to over their more than 40-year relationship, as a love letter to her husband, who died in 2019 of ALS. In the title song, "Time Traveler," Phil Freelon’s voice can be heard in a voice message he left for her.
"He left me a lot of voice memos, some I haven’t heard yet," Freelon said. "This (one on "Time Traveler") is a voice message that I found after he passed. I feel like it’s his way of letting me know that love can’t be annihilated after death."
Freelon shares many stories about her husband in the podcast and how she learned to cope with his death. She also talks about other types of grief and uses song and humor to connect with her listeners. Freelon is quick to say she is not a therapist but someone who has something in common with a lot of people. She hopes through her podcast listeners can find hope and realize that they are not alone in their struggle with grief.
Nnenna Freelon lives in Durham. She will record a live segment of her podcast "Great Grief," filled with music and storytelling, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.