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Standing Next to the Sun - The Best of Nina Simone

Standing Next to the Sun - The Best of Nina Simone

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Nina Simone was invented as a pseudonym to hide her double life from her family at a time when soul artists were regularly vilified for taking what was considered a gift from God out of the church and into bars, nightclubs, and other supposed dens of sin. While the classical pianist apparently had no aspiration to be a singer, initially only performing her own vocals when nightclub owners were too cheap to book her a proper accompaniment, her decades of musical output and dedication to the civil rights movement make it seem unlikely that she would have ever stayed silent. I could pretend that I wished I had met Nina Simone when she was alive, but I’m somehow aware that being in the same room with her would feel like standing next to the sun.