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.
I think you create your own hipness.
Life is too short to harbor any hostilities towards anybody.
Every significant event that takes place in our lives is set to some kind of music.
The line between greatness and obscurity is very, very small.
There was a time in American history when almost every white person knew who Aretha Franklin was.
There weren't any white people in this country who didn't know who Gladys Knight was. Or the Pips were, as far as that's concerned.
I never want to fake it. That's my whole thing.
I mean, on the food chain, do instruments really rate? I don't think so.
I have to choose songs that represent my personality.
If you think about it, Aretha did basically the same things that I do.
For me, the other thing is not just a strong sense of spirituality.
I adore being with Roberta. I adore being in her spiritual light. I adore being close to her talent and gifts.
I like that sense of we're all on the same page and trying to get the job done.
I'd sing with Roberta Flack in a taxi if you called up and said she'd be in it.
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