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Nina Simone
(1933-2003) born on
Feb 21
US jazz singer, pianist, composer, songwriter. She is an accomplished pianist as well as an elastic singer; her repertoire extends from gospel to jazz, soul to pop.
         
   
F
Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.

R
Music is a gift and a burden I've had since I can remember who I was.
A
Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking. . . . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things -- all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.
N
It's time to take a look at my failures and stop calling them successes. Now I can start working at something that can use me best.
K
How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "I Put a Spell on You," 1992.
R: Interview in Paris, Dec 1970; in "Notes and Tones," by Arthur Taylor, 1977.
A: In "Notes and Tones," by Arthur Taylor, 1977.
N: In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992.
K: In "Notes and Tones," by Arthur Taylor, 1977.
   


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