Sunday, 30 September 2012

Nina Simone - How it feels to be free

I've been watching a bit of X Factor tonight, which for those of you that don't know of it, is a 'talent' singing contest, similar to American Idol and in fact, there is now an American version of X Factor. I watch these boys and girls singing, lips quivering, arms and hands gesticulating, like gangsta-rappers-cum-divas, and think, where's the real quality, the true passion, the genuine musicianship. 

That is why I've posted this You Tube link of Nina Simone at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1976, singing "How it feels to be free". That to me is a true example of a brilliant talent - a woman who sings with conviction, passion and no need to wave her hands all over the place  - the one time when words should speak louder than actions.

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