“The piano, to me, was that escape
from the boredom,
that existed in the deep south.
I had to fight this constant proclamation
that I was inherently born inferior.
So at 22-years old, I made a decision;
and I told all my friends:
I’ve got enough of civil rights;
I’m not going to hate the white man.
I’m going to the piano,
and I’m gonna create the life that I want to live!
music can transform our lives.”
Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from:
“Live from Abbey Road,” the Sundance Channel