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Saturday, June 12, 2004  

Ray Charles is God

Some words written about one of the coolest cats ever:

"God is love.
Love is blind.
Ray Charles is blind.
Therefore, Ray Charles is God." - Troy Witte

(Thanks to O-Dub for that link).

I remember listening to Ray Charles while growing up, and I loved watching him too. Too bad I never made it to a live show. The LA Times has a beautiful piece on him. I didn't know he grew up in abject poverty -- supposedly he saw his brother die falling into a washtub and drowning, and Ray Charles had glaucoma at age 5 and lost all sight by age 7. He put himself through music schooling, and his dad died when he was 10, his mom died when he was 15. And my favorite quote from the article:

"How do you deconstruct genius?" Jerry Wexler, the noted producer and record executive who worked on many of Charles' recordings for Atlantic Records, said Thursday. "He took the Lord's music and the devil's words and make this amalgam they call soul music.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 6/12/2004 07:51:00 PM | |


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