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Nina Simone: I’ll Look Around

Nina Simone is simply one of the greatest artists of our time. Trained at Juilliard in classical piano, only starting to sing later in life, she embodies a true renaissance musician to me: someone who loves all genres of music and is interested in being a part of all aspects of it. This song is particularly heart wrenching, and in this version, Nina has decided to just make the recording herself and a piano, pairing down the music to her greatest strengths in order to bring a stronger light to the lyrics, which are all about the search for that perfect someone. Though the original song was done by Bill Holiday (pretty hard to top) I think any singer can meaningfully interpret the lyrics, especially the lyric:

I look around
And when I’ve found
Someone who sighs like you
I’ll know this love
I’m dreaming of
Won’t be the old love
I always knew

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