I want to speak, to sing to total strangers. It’s my way of talking to the world.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.
You go through the Civil Rights struggle, everybody knew the songs – ‘We shall overcome.’ Everybody would sing it. Music helped us. James Brown, ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.’ They helped black people figure out how to navigate what was a very treacherous place in America for them.