Happy Birthday Nina Simone
This week we would have celebrated the 85th birthday of the late great Nina Simone. I didn't become familiar with her music until a few years ago but ever since then I have been obsessed with her artistry. I love many of her well-known recordings like "Feeling Good", but also some of her interesting takes on classic tunes that at first listen, will take you by surprise. For example she does a Latin version of "My Way" that is really different than the original but unbelievably cool! She also does a version of the tune "Stars" that’s simple and intense at the same time and showcases her creativity and genius.
As I mentioned in a previous post my project with the duo Tuck and Patti is moving forward and should be released in the summer. They are helping me work on some interesting and re-imagined versions of classic tunes that might surprise you similarly the way Nina Simone's versions surprised me! One of the songs was actually made famous by Nina Simone, "My Baby Just Cares for Me". I chose that song because it really resonated with me the minute I heard it. It has been really interesting playing around with some arrangements for it so STAY TUNED!
Happy birthday Ms. Simone and thanks for being a new inspiration for me.