My teacher told me I’d never amount to anything. I left high school at 15, after one year. But my real teachers were all the people around me. And I was a good listener.

Everything was a song. Every conversation, every personal hurt, every observance of people in stress, happiness and love… if you could feel it, I could feel it. And I could write a song about it.

With all respect, I’m sure that we have enough preachers in the world. Through my way of writing, I was capable of being able to say these things and yet not make a person feel as though they’re being preached at.

How many 54-year-old quadriplegics are putting albums out? You just have to deal with what you got, try to sustain yourself as best you can, and look to the things that you can do.


“People Get Ready” was written by Curtis Mayfield of The Impressions, and it has been named one of the “Top 10 Best Songs Of All Time” by a panel of top musicians and artists which included among others Paul McCartney, Hal David, and Brian Wilson. The song which went to #14 on the pop charts for The Impressions during March of 1965 reflects the social and political tenor of the times particularly that which involved the civil rights movement.
*thank you to person who uploaded the video for this info


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