Why we need to lean on Bill Withers and his great music more than ever


This seems to be Bill Withers have been in my ears my entire life.

Growing up in a family where 70’s soul music of our lives, he is right there with Marvin, Stevie, Diana, Charles, Teddy P. And other R&B legends the artists who made me love music at the same time, I caught my dad’s vinyl.

Songs such as”Ain’t No Sunshine,””lean on me”and the funkalicious”use me”made him think like that cool uncle growing up—who is a reassuring presence in the back yard, BBQ and family reunions.

He is the sun.

But even before I found out that his sun has set—this is published on Friday, Mr. shoulders died on Monday from heart complications in the 81—Uncle Bill is on my mind heavy.

I’m looking at the”girls line”for the first time try to escape from the madness in our midst, there is a scene when Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall arrive in New Orleans for the Essence Festival the sound of the Nola brass band The Soul Rebels play”lovely day.” This is pure joy.

Bill Withers.
Bill WithersRedferns

At that moment, I forgot all about the Cov and I was a little kid, who knew this would be a good day—a pandemic or not.

“Lovely day”and I left in the days after, I had to bring it back to shoulder’1977 original. Because I was trying to make the world we live in now I took that classic one all-time great song—repetition, and it gave me a sweet service.

Bill Withers
Bill Withers in 1972.Redferns

However, while contemporaries such as Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin almost unearthly talent, what a relatable and humble Joseph, and with his cool, the dialogue of sound. He is a genius.

Even when he got political, because of his great Vietnam War protest song”I can’t write left-handed,’he was always very approachable.

I had the opportunity to interview Mr. shoulder for nature in 2015—the same year he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Long before then, he had to stop performing, and when I asked him if he missed, he responded to questions, seeking truth from facts:”if I missed, I tried to find a way to do so.”

No-nonsense all the way.

However, he was proud of”in fact, my song through the lost of my activities.” Now is an understatement. His songs will live beyond us all.

Thank you for letting us rely on you, Uncle Bill.

Bill Withers on 2020.
Bill Withers on 2020.Getty Images record a

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