I think you create your own hipness.
The line between greatness and obscurity is very, very small.
Life is too short to harbor any hostilities towards anybody.
For me, the other thing is not just a strong sense of spirituality.
There was a time in American history when almost every white person knew who Aretha Franklin was.
I'm not angry at anyone.
If you have a Stradivarius and nobody to play it, it's just a Stradivarius. Or is it even that? It's nothing.
If you think about it, everything we do in life is set to some kind of music.
In the last couple of years I've been picking up my guitar again.
I adore being with Roberta. I adore being in her spiritual light. I adore being close to her talent and gifts.
But my attitude about it is I have miles to go before I sleep.
I'm having fun just being a musician as well as an artist at this point.
I mean, on the food chain, do instruments really rate? I don't think so.
I'd sing with Roberta Flack in a taxi if you called up and said she'd be in it.
I have to choose songs that represent my personality.
Every significant event that takes place in our lives is set to some kind of music.
I never want to fake it. That's my whole thing.
Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever.
Trends don't mean very much to me. They come, they go, they turn around.
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