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Saturday, July 24, 2010

1970s: Nina Simone - To Be Young, Gifted and Black

According to our friend, Wiki:

. . . known as The High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions. Within one album or concert she could fluctuate between exuberant happiness and tragic melancholy. These fluctuations also characterized her own personality and personal life, amplified by bipolar disorder with which she was diagnosed in the mid-1960s, something not revealed until after her death in 2003.
Together with Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone turned the late Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished play "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" into a civil rights song.

5 comments:

  1. My gawd, I've loved her forever. And Sassy Sarah Vaugh, Ella, Billie, Bessie, Lena, and on and on and on...

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  2. Oh yeah - I'll try to keep 'em in mind for the future.

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  3. Great singer,great person. Nice choice Leslie.
    thanks for the comments at Mikes.

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  4. Oso. Thanks - you brought tears to my eyes.

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  5. Nice posting, but it was sort of an inspiartion to me to write my own song ( I have a really nice keyboard's synthesize system at home ) so I thought wat could I write for me fitting ... and thought to call it ...."To be old, redneck and white" .... just kidding Ms.Leslie, but yes, I do have a nice keyboard's I work with. :)

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