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.
By: Ray Charles
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
What is a soul? Its like electricity - we dont really know what it is, but its a force that can light a room.
There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, were here to explore new possibilities.
To me, music is entertainment - what else can it be? In fact, its the only language I know of thats universal.
Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.
My version of Georgia became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
The fact of the matter is, you dont give up whats natural. Anything Ive fantasized about, Ive done.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
Mama was a country woman with a whole lot of common sense. She understood what most of our neighbors didnt - that I shouldnt grow dependent on anyone except myself. One of these days, I aint gonna be here, she kept hammering inside my head.
I did it to myself. It wasnt society... it wasnt a pusher, it wasnt being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
Theres nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you aint going to have no troubles.
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