August 09, 2013
one day I was boarding a plane to head back to Memphis, and I heard this beautiful voice singing to me, and it just started singing, ‘Running on Tennessee time …’ And I was just like, ‘Man. That really is what I’m on.’ Because New York City’s moving so fast, and I’m just kind of taking my time with everything. I’m still on Southern time — or, they call it, colored people’s time or CP time or Delta time. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s a little bit slower than New York time.”
You say you hear the music in your head. Is it your own voice? How does it work?
“It’s usually many different voices. That’s always a hard subject to talk about, because it kind of sounds crazy to say, ‘Sometimes I hear an older black male voice. Sometimes I hear a younger woman’s voice. Sometimes I hear a child’s voice.’ … I try to write down every song that comes to me, even though I know that every song that comes to me isn’t a song that I need to sing. Some of them are just songs that you write to get to the next song that is yours to sing because you relate to it.”