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Billie Holidayová

Datum narození: 7. duben 1915
Datum úmrtí: 17. červenec 1959

Billie Holiday , dříve také známá pod pseudonymem Lady Day byla americká jazzová zpěvačka s emotivním, dojemným hlasem. Společně se Sarah Vaughanovou a Ellou Fitzgeraldovou je označována jako jedna z největších jazzových zpěvaček všech dob.


„Myslím, že ani nezpívám, ale mám pocit, že hraji na lesní roh. Zkouším improvizovat, právě jako to dělali Lester Young nebo Louis Armstrong nebo někdo další, koho jsem obdivovala. Nemám ráda klasický zpěv. Upřednostňuji změnu v tonalitě, je to můj styl.“

„Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.“


„You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.“

„If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.“

„I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.“

„You've got to have something to eat, and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.“

„You can be up to your boobies in
white satin, with gardenias in your hair
and no sugar cane for miles, but you
can still be working on a plantation.“

„Love is like a faucet: it turns on and off.“


„Everyones got to be different. You can't copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. And without feeling, whatever you do amounts to nothing.“ Lady Sings the Blues

„In this country, don’t forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There’s no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it’s the worst kind of hell for those who love you.“ Lady Sings the Blues

„Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.“

„Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.“


„You've got to have something to eat“

„You can get in just as much trouble by being dumb and innocent as you can by breaking the law.“

„I'll Be Seeing You"

I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day and through

In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children's carousel
The chestnut trees, the wishing well

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way

I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you“

„Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what’s more than enough.“ Lady Sings the Blues

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