When I was 5 or 6, I was messing around with the piano, and I listened to everything from Chopin to boogie-woogie.
I see myself as a composer who plays music and likes to play with other people, and not just as a solo artist.
My parents grew up during the Harlem renaissance.
If what you're talking about is seeing someone perform, then I'll have to say that in the rhythm-and-blues side of things, seein' Otis Redding live was it, you know?
It's just like heirloom tomatoes; this is heirloom music. We used to have all kinds of diversity in our poultry, in our vegetables, in our fruits, and slowly but surely the monoculture beast comes in. I'm saying that's not a good idea. And if it means that I gotta do it on my own, then I do it on my own.
Very old music is, like, 11th century in my mind. That's very old.