The Sound of My VoiceBlu-ray Disc - 2019
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I don't think that if you disagree with the policies of the government, which I do very definitely disagree with the policies of the South African government, I don't think that's enough of a reason not to go and play music there. If I did that I wouldn't be able to play in the United State because I don't agree with their policies about nuclear power, nuclear warfare. I mean, my God, we've got this person running the country that I completely disagree with. If I decided that I wasn't going to play where attitudes of racism prevailed, I certainly couldn't play in Australia or England or lots of places in the United States, a lot of places in the American South or Boston which is extremely racist. I went to South Africa, it has a fascist repressive government. I'm very interested in the culture down there. ... I don't think my political views are very controversial. Who likes nuclear warfare?
Wow! What a story!
I'm kind of a traditional Mexican myself. You know, I grew up about 40
minutes from the Mexican border, my family are Mexican, and that is my roots. That's what I came from and I have been dying to do this record (Canciones de mi Padre, songs of my father, the largest selling Spanish language album in the history of the industry) for years and years and I'm getting around to it this year. Boy, I'm going to do it. Our neighbor that lived behind us in the garage apartment was Harry Dean Stanton, great character actor and a great singer of Mexican folk songs. We would hear him up until the wee hours singing these Mexican folk songs, these canciones...
Linda could literally sing anything. I don't think anybody has tried more different styles and nailed it than Linda has. There's not that many people
that can pull off new wave music and rock and the most beautiful country ballads. Her range is huge. She decided what she wanted to do. More important what she was authentic at doing. And they always told her no,
you can't do this, you'll ruin your career. She did it anyway.
You might starve to death or you might find yourself washing dishes and waiting tables before you ever get discovered.
I was 18 years old. We had a house on the beach for 80 bucks a month in Santa Monica. We split the rent three ways. It was just great. It was right on the beach.
Someone once asked why people sing. I answered that they sing for any of the same reasons birds sing. They sing for a mate. To claim their territory. Or simply to give voice to the delight of being alive in the midst of a beautiful day.
They sing so the subsequent generations won't forget what the current generations endured or dreamed or delighted in.
There are a lot of really good singers out in the world. A lot of better singers than I am. What I did that was different from other singers, I did a whole lot of different kinds of material. People would think that I was trying to reinvent myself but I never invented myself to start with. I just kind of popped out into the world.
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