“There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”
“To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that’s not what I play. I play black classical music.”
“I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.”
“Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.”
“Music is a gift and a burden I’ve had since I can remember who I was.”
Happy 80th Birthday Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as the high-priestess of soul, Nina Simone(b. February 21, 1933 – d. April 21, 2003).