I followed up by going out and getting a copy of a CD combining Pastel Blues and Let it All Out. I loved Be My Husband, was thrilled by the smoothness of Mood Indigo.
Listening to Nina Simone forcess me to think about what it means to have a voice. I don't know much about her early life, what the initial reactions to her voice were, or what she thought of her voice herself; but, I do know that I was taken aback by her voice. It was never pretty and it was often raw and harsh. She sounded like a man in a lot of her songs...that wasn't right, was it?
Her voice is so unique I wonder how she ever got comfortable singing. So far in my life, I've been the kind of person who would be quiet, wouldn't make a single sound for fear of my difference or of being less than. What is it like to be a woman of confidence? What is it like to have such a different voice and not be afraid to belt it out?