I had the fortunate experience to play with people from different schools of music. Sam Rivers is from the fundamentalist school of music.
I thought people cared about music in a deep way, so I was writing to that spirit in people and in myself. It was me, thinking I knew what was up. Youth, who else can change the world?
I was playing violin for a long time, about 6 years. It takes a while. You need very patient people in your house when you have a violin.
In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.
People see my current success but don't realize I've worked hard to get where I am. I used to clean garbage off the Philadelphia docks and put a lot of time into developing my music.
The belief that we are what the media says we are, what people perceive we are, is soon to be what we think we are. We are treated based on this warped perception. It is hard to get away from it.
I really live a simple life and don't need very much to feel good and happy. Don't get me wrong; I believe you should get what you earn. Sometimes you have to fight for it.
My love life doesn't stink; it's nonexistent.
My love life is like everyone else's - great, and then terrible.
The simple things in life ground me and keep me focused so I'm able to do a good job with what is in front of me.
I really worked with icons in the music business, which really had a strong effect on me. It wasn't just pick-up gigs.
The things I really learned, I learned from watching my parents. They take care of business. Always have.
It is hard for a black man to just be himself. We spend so much time in defense of something that is indefensible because there is nothing to defend.
I love both my parents dearly.
I want someone who is open-minded, dedicated to whatever she is doing and isn't afraid to say I love you. As for looks, she shouldn't have three heads. I want a regular human being.