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audra trower williams
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posted 21 April 2003 08:54 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon into a North Carolina family of eight children on February 21, 1933, the notoriously feisty, powerful singer showed an early talent for singing and playing piano. At age 10, Simone's parents were removed from the front row of her music recital to accommodate a white couple — an incident that helped inspire her commitment to civil rights.

The singer went on to become one of the few black students at New York's celebrated Juilliard School of Music in the 1950s. She adopted her stage name in 1954 while working as the singer/pianist in residence at the Midtown Bar and Grill in Atlantic City, New Jersey, taking Nina from the Spanish word for "girl," and Simone from the French actress Simone Signoret. Her first public notice came in 1959 with a top 20 hit version of George Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy" from his opera "Porgy and Bess," a million-seller that was the only top 40 hit of her career.


so sad.


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audra trower williams
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posted 22 April 2003 01:25 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi audra,

I'm really sad about this too.

yours in sadness,
audra


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skdadl
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posted 22 April 2003 01:37 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi, audra:

Terrific woman, wonderful voice, and a great life.

Don't be sad, audra. Creative lives are not sad, even when sometimes they are tough.

yrs
skdadl


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skdadl
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posted 22 April 2003 01:38 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PS: Excuse me for writing imperatives there. I actually think it's wrong of me to aim imperatives at anyone on the subject of feelings. But I was hoping to cheer you.
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dee
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posted 22 April 2003 01:50 PM      Profile for dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really don't know anything about Nina Simone's life but her music is incredible. I was first introduced to her music a couple of years ago and didn't know more than one other person who listened to her. Lately there seems to be a bit of a resurgence. I hear her voice all over the place.
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audra trower williams
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posted 22 April 2003 01:51 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh it's okay. I wasn't being Zatamonian, either, in replying to my own thread. I'm just on Dayquil, and it seemed like a good idea. But I was not scolding anyone for not replying.
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lagatta
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posted 22 April 2003 02:51 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mississippi Goddam
(1963) Nina Simone
   
  The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
And I mean every word of it
Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
Can't you see it
Can't you feel it
It's all in the air
I can't stand the pressure much longer
Somebody say a prayer
Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
This is a show tune
But the show hasn't been written for it, yet
Hound dogs on my trail
School children sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think every day's gonna be my last
Lord have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don't belong here
I don't belong there
I've even stopped believing in prayer
Don't tell me
I tell you
Me and my people just about due
I've been there so I know
They keep on saying "Go slow!"
But that's just the trouble
"do it slow"
Washing the windows
"do it slow"
Picking the cotton
"do it slow"
You're just plain rotten
"do it slow"
You're too damn lazy
"do it slow"
The thinking's crazy
"do it slow"
Where am I going
What am I doing
I don't know
I don't know
Just try to do your very best
Stand up be counted with all the rest
For everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
I made you thought I was kiddin' didn't we
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
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
You keep on saying "Go slow!"
"Go slow!"
But that's just the trouble
"do it slow"
Desegregation
"do it slow"
Mass participation
"do it slow"
Reunification
"do it slow"
Do things gradually
"do it slow"
But bring more tragedy
"do it slow"
Why don't you see it
Why don't you feel it
I don't know
I don't know
You don't have to live next to me
Just give me my equality
Everybody knows about Mississippi
Everybody knows about Alabama
Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
That's it!

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