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Nina Simone obituary

 
 
mac11
 
Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 08:25 am
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 08:38 am
I love her work enormously - I was listening to her yesterday, with no knowledge of her illness or death - this is truly a sad day. What a singer! What a woman!
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mac11
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 08:40 am
I agree, deb - it's a very sad day.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 08:48 am
Hmmmmm. I'd passed up a chance to see her about a year ago because the ticket prices were rather more than I thought I had, and had recently been expressing regret for that decision. I guess I know now.

A truly great singer and personality.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:24 am
Wasn't she the one who sang: "my baby just cares for me"?
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mac11
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:26 am
Yes, that was her...
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:37 am
Obituary of the lady in todays UK Guardiannewspaper


http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,940907,00.html
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mac11
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:48 am
Thanks, oak, great article.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:57 am
I just have a few of her recordings - One about the passing of Jim Crow, I Loves You, Porgy, one or two others. I always felt she ought to get more air play.
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Raggedyaggie
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 10:58 am
I was just thinking about Nina Simone and wondering if anyone here would mention her passing away. I hadn't been familiar with Simone (and wondered how I had missed her) until I saw "Point of No Return" with Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. I was captivated by her voice and immediately bought the sound track, but never followed up with any other recordings. (In the movie Nina was Fonda's favorite singer.) I love her version of "Wild is the Wind" which is featured in the movie.

Thanks for this informative thread, Macsm11.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 11:06 am
another one for you mac ------ in the London Times Newspaper

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,60-654948,00.html
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 11:08 am
I love Nina Simone's music. So often under-rated as a pianist (as well as singer). I'll follow the links later and read more. Thanks for the info...it's always sad to hear news of the end of a great person's life.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 01:14 pm
RIP Nina Simone. Sad. I always remember her for "...my name is PEACHES....!"
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 06:53 pm
Quote:
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
I wish I could break all the chains holding me
I wish I could say all the things that I should say
say 'em loud, say 'em clear
for the whole round world to hear.

I wish I could share all the love that's in my heart
remove all the bars that keep us apart
I wish you could know what it means to be me
Then you'd see and agree
that every man should be free.

I wish I could give all I'm longing to give
I wish I could live like I'm longing to live
I wish that I could do all the things that I can do
though I'm way overdue I'd be starting anew.

Well I wish I could be like a bird in the sky
how sweet it would be if I found I could fly
Oh I'd soar to the sun and look down at the sea
and I'd sing cos I'd know that
and I'd sing cos I'd know that
and I'd sing cos I'd know that
I'd know how it feels to be free
I'd know how it feels to be free
I'd know how it feels to be free

Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

Yes you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie

Oh but this whole country is full of lies
You're all gonna die and die like flies
I don't trust you any more

Picket lines, school boy cots
They try to say it's a communist plot
All I want is equality
for my sister my brother my people and me

Ain't got no home, ain't got no shoes
Ain't got no money, ain't got no class
Ain't got no skirts, ain't got no sweater
Ain't got no perfume, ain't got no beer
Ain't got no man

Ain't got no mother, ain't got no culture
Ain't got no friends, ain't got no schooling
Ain't got no love, ain't got no name
Ain't got no ticket, ain't got no token
Ain't got no God

What about God? Why am I alive anyway?
Yeah, what about God? Nobody can take away

I got my hair, I got my head
I got my brains, I got my ears
I got my eyes, I got my nose
I got my mouth, I got my smile
I got my tongue, I got my chin
I got my neck, I got my boobs

I got my heart, I got my soul
I got my back, I got my sex
I got my arms, I got my hands
I got my fingers, Got my legs
I got my feet, I got my toes
I got my liver, Got my blood

I've got life, I've got my freedom
I've got life, and I'm gonna keep it
I've got life
And nobody's gonna take it away
I've got life


I wish I knew how it would feel to be free and Ain't got no/I got life saved me, once.

Every time I listen to either of those songs, a new energy, new hope, newly asserted belief and inspired longing surge through me, and I step out into the world cleansed, bolstered and willing to keep on hoping, keep on living.
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satt fs
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 07:21 pm
My Way
(1968) Jacques Revaux, Claude François, Gilles Thibault, Paul Anka

And now, the end is near and so I got to face
The final curtain, girl
Friends I say clear and state her case of which I'm uncertain
I've lived a life that's full of travelled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yeah, regrets, I've had a few
But then again, who feel to me uncertain.
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each other course, each careful footstep along the byway,
Yeah, and more, much more than this,
I did my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you know
When I did all much more than I could do
But threw it all, when there was doubt, on everyday
And it's not enough, I faced it all
And as big as all did my way.

Oh, I've laughed and cried, had my fill my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, counted also music
To think like the old lad
And may I say not in a sky away,
Oh, no no no, You're not me, I did it my way.

What is a man, what have he got
If not himself, and he had not to may the things
He truly feels not words of one for use
With that shows, I took the blows and did it my way!


(I remember her with this song.)
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Rae
 
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Reply Tue 22 Apr, 2003 07:25 pm
I'm a fan, too.....Had no idea she'd passed away or was even ill.

Crying or Very sad
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2003 04:29 am
Quote:
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
You won't believe me but I love you only
I'd rather be lonley than happy with somebody else

You might find the night time the right time for kissing
Night time is my time for just reminiscing
Regretting instead of forgetting with somebody else

There'll be no one unless that someone is you
I intended to be independently blue

I want your love, don't wanna borrow
Have it today to give back tomorrow
Your love is my love
There's no love for nobody else

Say, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
You won't believe me but I love you only
I'd rather be lonley than happy with somebody else

You might find the night time the right time for kissing
Night time is my time for just reminiscing
Regretting instead of forgetting with somebody else

There'll be no one unless that someone is you
I intended to be independently blue

Say I want your love, don't wanna borrow
Have it today to give back tomorrow
Your love is my love
My love is your love
There's no love for nobody else


One of my favourite songs of all time.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2003 06:41 am
her version of "Strange Fruit"....brrrrrrrrrrr.....


Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
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quinn1
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2003 02:34 pm
awe jeesh....will have to break out the cds and take a listen soon, sad to see her go at least she touched us and left some great stuff

my favorite is her rendition of Harrisons Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right
It's all right

But, one of my favorite songs of all times she did fabulously and it got me turned on to her so...heres to you Nina..and thanks.

O-o-h Child
(1970) Stan Vincent

O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter
O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter

Someday we'll get it toghether and we'll get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter
O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter

Someday we'll get it toghether and we'll get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter
O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter

Someday we'll get it toghether and we'll get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter
O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things 'll get brighter
Right now right now
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2003 02:44 am
I ended up singing "My baby just cares for me" in the office yesterday, as my secretary wanted to make sure that the lead PA for the department knew it...she did when I sang it, but not when my secretary had done!

I'll count my embarrasment in the office as a tribute!
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