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“Inside my head I heard music, driving music, spirited music. Man, I always heard music and I knew I could play most any kind anybody wanted. Playing music made me feel good.” (Brother Ray, 1978)

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"The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s," Doestovsky's writing first prepared us for the man we now consider a rare peacock of a shadowy show of back feathers which bloom out of a more less preened body habitat. For Ray was a man who also at times cared intensely for his wife, had memories of his own mother that drove him to near madness. Like Johnnie Cash, Charles grew up with a secret all his own. Some, since each blindness is different, really did not know whether the blindness a result of the death of his small sibling or why. And so, just as our musical hero at hand, Doestovsky preambled that, without bringing the kind of sadness that may reveal the exact name of the written novel, for the qualities of Ray Charles a result of his childhood experience. It was there that he was shaped and formed to emit a destiny solely expressed through his personality and the three basic qualities he as a gift received for all of his great sufferings. Idealism coupled with a sensual sensitivity to life & living and with the bear root staple of prudent measure born up from the center of within, he bore a tree more than a stump.

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1949 - "I just wanna see my own checks, that's all." A man who just like that princess woman, he has these visions, a beautiful arm which reaches out from a suitcase and water deeper than dark ebony. Depends on as if murky. And like all music rips, entities such as the Irish guy, he warns the ray about how a crooked manager so sad a female again chopped up the pie and gave the larger half to herself. The Chitlin Circuit, of course only what they called it, Ray Charles always felt bad about his young brother who drowned as he watched. But he did not pre-meditate or take others there to do the dirty job. In this particular case, and as such a young child, Ray as Johnnie deserved a rap of innocent. "Why didn't you say something Ray?" The mother of Ray, she really understood more than inquired. Charles once told an interviewer from USA Today, "Ray Charles said, “inside my head I heard music, driving music, spirited music. Man, I always heard music and I knew I could play most any kind anybody wanted. Playing music made me feel good.” (Brother Ray, 1978)" Taylor Hackford and the film script writer of the true biographical story, James L. White, Jamie Foxx joined Regina King, Kerry Washington and a full cast and crew to form and shape a caricature of an actor who best may reflect the man who we know as piano player, artist & composer of a man who knew that admirable goodness also consists of refusing to accept anyone or anything for your life.

"This is a country band, we don't play no boogie-woogie," they told him right away. And so, it kind of made you think of Ray Charles, Stevie Nicks, Lita Ford, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, and the writer Faulkner right away. A fair critique may only serve to introduce the beauty of a film such as this so filled with literary nickles, a stub on the notch on the way to an earthquake more submerged on that divine and the kind of richter scale which may captivate. Salt. Tap. A small pub stage, it lights up the talent much faster than what they smoke there. The lady has no time for quibble. Midget gangsters, gidget and she says a blossom vision foot card foot upon a kitchen floor. "...about a little Charles." She mires better than you do. "How to take and turn your kitchen upside down," and come out on top of a table filled up with good food, good meat, good things to eat. But that poetry or lyricism drift on the axis of a singular thought from the measure of one balance, often alludes perhaps even the most instructed of music student basis. For Mr. Ray Charles, a lifetime of hearing the music play, a gentle and luring melody always the backdrop for every experience, and almost as if a life set to the play. But that Goethe compared the tragedy of certain life circumstances brought upon by others uncaring a flax that demised the character of such an one, one example of this, Seelendrama.

"He received Lifetime Achievement and the President's Merit Award; he is one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and he is a recipient of the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France's Legion of Honor and the Kennedy Center Honors. He also received the NAACP Image Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award” on March 6, 2004. Ray has been inducted into numerous other music Halls of Fame, including those for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, a testament to his enormous influence. During a career that has spanned some 58 years, Charles starred on over 100 albums, many of them top sellers in a variety of musical genres and he performed in a total of more than 10,000 concerts. Charles appeared in movies, such as “The Blues Brothers,” and starred in commercials for Coca-Cola, Diet Pepsi and California Raisins, among numerous others. In 2004, the bio-pic "Ray" was released for the world to see the historic life and times of the “Genius.” The movie garnered 6 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and Jamie Foxx took home the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Ray. Charles’ last public performance was on July 20, 2003, in Alexandria, VA." Wikipedia 1

Ray Charles stated,“I knew that being blind was suddenly an aid. I never learned to stop at the skin. If I looked at a man or woman, I wanted to see inside. Being distracted by shading or coloring is stupid. It gets in the way. It’s something I just can’t see.” (Brother Ray, 1978) Ray Charles earned a total of seventeen GRAMMY® Awards.

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