I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
Music to me is like breathing. I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
I heard someone say that all black people got rhythm. Bullshit.
My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
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