On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
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I have to have the 'umph.' I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either.
If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
I can't talk about my singing. I'm inside it. How can you describe something you're inside of?
When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
I've been looking around, and I noticed something: how much you really need to be loved. Ambition isn't just a desperate quest for positions or money. It's just love - lots of love.
As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is really losing its meaning.
I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin. Now, they are so subtle, they can milk you with two notes. They can make you feel like they told you the whole universe. But I don't know that yet. All I got now is strength. Maybe if I keep singing, maybe I'll get it.
You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.