Music has the language
of the soul. It seeks to communicate a message to everyone that's open to receive. We
dance to the beat of the Master drummer, which is the source of our creative spirit. Even
as a child, I felt this way. There was
always a tremendous amount of joy associated with the music I heard. Music touched my
center, which is something I've been able to maintain as an adult.
From 'The Eternal Dance'
My grandmother was a gospel singer. There was always music and dancing around my house. As
a kid, I identified with that vibration. There is also a feeling of inspiration that comes
with the experience and appreciation of your roots and relating to your culture in a
positive way. I learned from the old folk (The Masters); being raised in Memphis,
Tennessee in the fifties, I was exposed to gospel, blues, jazz, Elvis, country music,
Mahalia Jackson, and the fathers of modern music, Ray Charles, James Brown, Fats Domino,
Little Richard, The Spaniels, The Platters, The Moonglows and The Flamingos. As a child, I
listened to them all. Much later, I was inspired by Miles, Coltrane, Bach, Mozart and Sly
and the Family Stone.
Follow your passion. That is the invaluable
lesson I've learned from participating in a field that I love. my main objective has
always been to give my best. The path of Earth, Wind & Fire has been full of
challenges, but these challenges have created great results.
As a group, we have grown as by-product of our experience. We make mistakes while
expanding in awareness. We stayed unified. The dream could never have been a reality
without the energies of others - my brothers Verdine and Philip and Charles Stepney helped
put the dream in perspective.
I owe a lot to God for linking my path to many great musicians and creative wonders - all
who helped create music that will last forever.
We live the eternal dance!