“It takes wisdom. You can be smart. Intelligent, that’s just a tool. You have to learn how to handle it. You might have a Ferrari, but if you don’t know how to drive it you might as well have a Yugo. You have to get your experience.
That’s the way most of my songs are. I write about real things, real feelings, real relationships from my own and vicarious experience. I been around a long time and people tell me about themselves and I always been, some people say nosy, and I am in a way. My nosey is “Knowsy.” I wanna know.
A lot of people, us men in particular, we’re shallow and we look on the outside and we tend to judge things more shallowly.
Women are deep. They know what you’re thinking, and you think you know what they’re thinking, but it’s all different.
I always want to evoke some sort of thinking from my audience, for them to think about what I’m saying and relate to it and see how it relates to them personally. I don’t like to follow trends. If something I do falls into a category then so be it. I just sit down at the keys and everything takes its own personality. If it’s a hit, fine. I like to be honest about what I do. You can’t just sit down and write a hit. You try to turn out some good material and hopefully people like it enough to wanna buy it. And if you’re lucky enough to hook up with some one who can promote it then you might really have a shot.
Henry Stone has always been a person who can relate to the time. The man been around forever. He knows music and the music business and the business side of the business and I always had a good relationship with Henry in the older days. Then we came back together for some projects and he’s behind me and I have the utmost respect for his knowledge and his support. He recognizes my talent and I appreciate his talent. We can put it all together and stir it up a little bit.”
– From a 2013 interview with Latimore
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