What a great Documentary on the life story of Bill withers, What a guy, so grounded and unimpressed with fame.
So many highlights.....like "If you want wonderful, dont forget that
on the way to wonderful you have to live in just alright...so you might
as well get used to it, after all you might not get to
wonderful".....also Sting said that Bill has the ability to be simple
and yet profound.....A great guy...wrote
aint no sunshine...Lean on me....Lovely day.....Grandma's
hands....etc.....His wife said that Bill was very sensitive and also
very strong (Something I believe is the way for us guys to go, or any
human for that matter).
Artists like this are for me the true and
genuine reflection of a singer-songwriter....you do it for the sheer
passion for writing the song....Bill was firmly against Producers who
told him how they wanted him to write a song...telling him how long an
intro should be.......Aint no sunshine goes straight in....no
intro.....He said it was hard enough to try and portray your feelings in
a song without having to fit some supposed "guidlines". Its like the word that's being banded around so much these days...
"Current"....you hear " I like it , its very Current"....How is that a
reason to like something ?...In other words "I like it because its like
everything else I've heard this week " ?...There would never be anything
new if we all try to copy what is "Current"......This is one reason why
if I hear that particular vocal inflection that many females are
copying right now at the end of phrases I switch right off,...you know
the one I mean....sounds like they have the flu....It was cool first
time around,....but a million clones later....no thanks. My message from
all of this is ...Be true to yourself...and be yourself...then folks
get YOU, and not some clone of someone else.