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February 10, 2009 / alunatunes

February 10-Ray Charles


Ray Charles in l989 asnwering the question “Why do you perform?”

“Sir, believe me sincerely, my performing is my existence. I really mean this. You have two kinds of people in entertainment. Those who do it on the side, and they can play piano and dab in medicine and do this and that; it’s a side thing and they enjoy it. And then you have another kind of person like myself, for whom music is like the bloodstream. It is their total existence. When their music dies, they die. That’s me. That’s the difference. How can you get tired of breathing? Music is my breathing. That’s my apparatus. I’ve been doing it for 40 years. And i’m going to do it til God himself says,”Brother Ray, you’ve been a nice horse, but now I’m going to put you out to pasture.”- Ray Charles, 1989


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