I'm working on this song again.. Without interruption this time I hope.
I got the original sheet music and I'm working on the chords and vocal every day.
It won't be nothing like his but it will be good.
He is one of the greatest singers that ever lived and that orchestra accompaniment is fantastic.
His producer I think it was that recommended it.
He knew he had something.
Sam was considering doing just the basic piano and other stuff with it I think.
It is said to be the first protest song to go national with the race movement.
About the time of Martin Luther King, Jr. I think.
It's in just about all of the greatest of all time charts.
I like it because it speaks to mans inhumanity towards man.
I also fell in love with black soul at a very young age working in the fields with my mother picking strawberries.
Migrant blacks from the south would work the same fields and would break into song from afar.
Some right beside me.
Soulful mourning stuff.
Calling for their babies taken away by slave traders.
This was 1953 and these were children and grandchildren of slaves working the fields.
One old guy was about 53 so he would have been born about 1900.
1865 was the civil war and things didn't get better right away for a long time.
Women and men both singing from across the fields.
Calling out and answering to one another.
Soulful loving towards one another.
Helping one another.
That's the core to jazz and blues.
That's the pain we feel and hear.
The Platters and Al Green and Otis Redding are some of my greats.
A whole bunch of them actually.
It's in my bones.
You never forget.
I never had any kind of a relationship with them or friends.
I just heard them deep in my bones.
How man can be that mean and hateful to another man is hard to understand.
They locked my granddaughter up for almost four years.
She did nothing wrong.
She gets out in thirty days.
About three and a half months pregnant.
She'll be eighteen in February 2016