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Billie Holiday Quotes

I meant to behave but there were too many other options
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
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I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
You had me at hello
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You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
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No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music  (Billie Holiday Quotes) If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all  (Billie Holiday Quotes) And when you’re poor, you grow up fast  (Billie Holiday Quotes) God bless the child that’s got his own,  (Billie Holiday Quotes) God has blessed you when he lets you believe in somebody  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I love to sing old Motown songs to myself, or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. That gets me in the mood for singing  (Billie Holiday Quotes) My great hero is Billie Holiday, and I’ve always wanted to do an album of standards with a piano-led quartet.  (Billie Holiday Quotes) If I don’t have friends, then I ain’t got nothing  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I loved Billie Holiday more than any other person other than myself on the stage. Yeah, I do.  (Billie Holiday Quotes) The kid at 9 or 10 who knows who Billie Holiday is... that’s the coolest thing ever.  (Billie Holiday Quotes) Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three  (Billie Holiday Quotes) There’s no damn business like show business - you have to smile to keep from throwing up  (Billie Holiday Quotes) They think they can make fuel from horse manure - now, I don’t know if your car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon, but it’s sure gonna put a stop to siphoning  (Billie Holiday Quotes) The blues to me is like being very sad, very sick, going to church, being very happy ... it’s sort of a mixed up thing. You just have to feel it.  (Billie Holiday Quotes) Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I listened to Billie Holiday a lot in order to learn to sing. She remains one of the extraordinary jazz singers. But my intent is to become my own voice, to be able to interpret these songs in my own way  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that’s cool. Let’s look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I thought the Billie Holiday comparison was beautiful. I think, Wow, what a wonderful, creative, helpful spirit. She’s someone who wanted to help others by sharing her emotion. That’s what I do, too, so I think that’s a great comparison  (Billie Holiday Quotes) In singing, there’s a vibration that comes from deep down inside, literally from your sex. When you put out that vibration, people can feel it. Billie Holiday does it. Peggy Lee does it. It’s very hot  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I can only sing songs my way. I don’t know any other way  (Billie Holiday Quotes) 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  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I love oldies just kind of sweet, slinky, Fifties music. The slow stuff. And Billie Holiday  (Billie Holiday Quotes) If I hear a record once, I usually never listen to it again. I rarely listen to music - unless it’s Billie Holiday  (Billie Holiday Quotes) John Coltrane was an addict; Billie Holiday was an addict; Eugene O’Neill was an addict. What would America be without addicts and post-addicts who make such grand contributions to our society?  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I had no desire to become a singer until I heard Billie Holiday. The first time I heard her on a record, it was a revelation. She sounded like a woman singing about herself  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I try to improvise like Les Young, Louis Armstrong or someone else I admire. What comes out is what I feel  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I listen to music mostly in the evening. I’ve come to love what is called world music, like the Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi and the Colombian singer Marta Gomez. I also love the Irish folk singer Mary Black. Other favorites include Chet Baker, Eva Cassidy, and Billie Holiday  (Billie Holiday Quotes) My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister, and when he went to church in the morning, she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I’d crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play  (Billie Holiday Quotes) Yeah. My singing and my songs were very influenced by all of that. People would come up to me and ask, Is that a Billie Holiday song? I’d say, No, it’s my song. The lyrics would be in my style, but the songs would be very jazzy  (Billie Holiday Quotes) I guess my biggest influence was actually my Grandfather. He used to play old records on vinyl, and would play old jazz and soul music like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and The Rat Pack and swing music  (Billie Holiday Quotes)
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