Farewell: Norah Jones pays tribute to Nina Simone
When I was growing up, my mom had this beat-up Nina Simone tape with coffee stains on it. It didn’t even have a cover. I would play ”I Loves You Porgy” over and over, because I was into jazz and that was one song I knew. The way she did it broke my heart. I was so struck by her voice, which was deep and commanding even when she sang something tender. When I finally bought more of her CDs and saw pictures of her, I thought she looked like a queen. Her piano playing influenced me too.