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Ray Charles

Data de nascimento: 23. Setembro 1930
Data de falecimento: 10. Junho 2004

Ray Charles Robinson foi um pianista norte-americano, pioneiro e cantor de música soul, blues, jazz que ajudou a definir o seu formato ainda no fim dos anos 50, além de um inovador intérprete de R&B.

Seu nome de batismo, Ray Charles Robinson, foi encurtado para Ray Charles quando entrou na indústria do entretenimento para não ser confundido com o famoso boxeador Sugar Ray Robinson. Considerado um dos maiores gênios da música norte-americana, Ray Charles também foi um dos responsáveis pela introdução de ritmo gospel nas músicas de R&B.

Foi eleito pela Rolling Stone o 2º maior cantor de todos os tempos e 10º maior artista da música de todos os tempos.

Citações Ray Charles

„É melhor viver cada dia como o último, porque um dia você vai estar certo.“

—  Ray Charles

You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right.
citado em "Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk" (2007) por Larry Chang and Roderick Terry, p. 365

„Music is nothing separate from me. It is me.“

—  Ray Charles

Little Bit of Soul p. 307
Contexto: Music is nothing separate from me. It is me. I can't retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver. You'd have to remove the music from me surgically — like you were taking out my appendix.

„You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can.“

—  Ray Charles

For the Love of Women, p. 239
Contexto: Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
But sex is something else. I'm not sure that there can ever be too much sex. To me, it's another one of our daily requirements — like eating. If I go twenty-four hours without it, I get hungry. Sex needs to be open and fun, free and happy. It's whatever you make it, and I try my hardest to create situations where me and my woman can enjoy ourselves — all of ourselves — without our inhibitions getting in the way.
You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can.

„Do it right or don't do it at all.“

—  Ray Charles

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1998)
Contexto: Do it right or don't do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there's something I want to do, I'm one of those people that won't be satisfied until I get it done. If I'm trying to sing something and I can't get it, I'm going to keep at it until I get where I want it.

„You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right.“

—  Ray Charles

As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk (2007) by Larry Chang and Roderick Terry, p. 365

„Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.“

—  Ray Charles

For the Love of Women, p. 239
Contexto: Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
But sex is something else. I'm not sure that there can ever be too much sex. To me, it's another one of our daily requirements — like eating. If I go twenty-four hours without it, I get hungry. Sex needs to be open and fun, free and happy. It's whatever you make it, and I try my hardest to create situations where me and my woman can enjoy ourselves — all of ourselves — without our inhibitions getting in the way.
You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can.

„I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal.“

—  Ray Charles

As quoted "Words of the Week" in Jet magazine, Vol. 64, No. 6 (25 April 1983), p. 40
Contexto: Music has been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal.

„I was born with music inside me.“

—  Ray Charles

Home, p. 8
Contexto: I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water.

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„Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together.“

—  Ray Charles

Roughing It, p. 155
Contexto: Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.
That's how my band made it. We swam through a lot of shit together, we swallowed a lot of pride, but we managed to do what we needed to do.

„But now if I can wrap myself up in that song, and when that song gets to be a part of me, and affects me emotionally, then the emotions that I go through, chances are I’ll be able to communicate to you. Make the people out there become a part of the life of this song that you’re singing about. That’s soul when you can do that.“

—  Ray Charles

http://interview.sweetsearch.com/2010/11/ray-charles.html
A symposium on soul, Pop Chronicles, Show 15: The Soul Reformation http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/partners/UNTML/browse/?start=14&fq=untl_collection%3AJGPC, interview recorded 3.8.1968 http://web.archive.org/web/20100116003442/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/index-to-interviews.

„Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you — a part that's so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. … It's like electricity — we don't really know what it is, do we? But it's a force that can light a room. Soul is like electricity, like a spirit, a drive, a power.“

—  Ray Charles

As quoted in LIFE magazine (July 1966), also in Ray Charles : Man and Music (1998) by Michael Lydon, p. 264
As quoted in Pearls of Wisdom (198 http://interview.sweetsearch.com/2010/11/ray-charles.html
Variante: What is soul? It's like electricity — we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.

„Rhythm and blues used to be called race music. … This music was going on for years, but nobody paid any attention to it.“

—  Ray Charles

Pop Chronicles: Show 55 - Crammer: A lively cram course on the history of rock and some other things http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19838/m1/, interview recorded 3.8.1968 http://web.archive.org/web/20100116003442/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/index-to-interviews.

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