It's been done in all the right spirit. The people who put this thing together did it for all the right reasons.
Fade Into Light
From the time I moved to San Francisco in 1967 to play with the Steve Miller Band, there was a lot of support in the music community for one cause or another, but this one was special because it was put on by people who understood where musicians' hearts are.
This is a cause that musicians can take to heart because one of our main reasons for being is to share our music with other people, and this takes us to people who probably wouldn't otherwise get to hear music on quite this level.
I really just followed my musical instincts every step of my life.
I felt that, in retrospect, there was a time in the late Seventies, after I had a string of hits and successes, as a performer and a recording artist, that I wasn't saying anything.
There's a whole lot of songs that men just can't do. The words are from another time and represent too much of an emotional commitment, whereas women can say that because of who they are.
As far as other instrumentalists, I used to love mellow sax players like Paul Desmond. I love piano.
I love all kinds of music.
I love working with the quartet. I have more freedom and flexibility.
My first love was the sound of guitar.
I think the women - Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu - are doing new conceptual things and using their voices to create new American music.
My parents were music lovers and collectors. It was around.
My songwriting and my style became more complex as I listened, learned, borrowed and stole and put my music together.
Quite frankly, I've always listened to the black side of the radio dial. Where I grew up, there was a lot of it and there was a lot of live music around.