Be honest be nice be a flower not a weed.
The extras are a nice bonus feature but the main incentive is the musical experience.
When I get down to Louisiana I get to have a taste of some of that great food.
So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. Id like to publish it someday.
When I first went out on the road with Larry Williams there was also like The Coasters The Drifters and The Flamingos.
When Im singing I connect the dots with notes.
Its one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around… Its an honor to be closing it.
Every day some act of kindness comes my way even if its just someone opening the door. It happens every day if you keep an eye out for it. Keeping an eye out thats the key.
Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.
Youve just got to sing do some kind of singing every day. Early mornings and cold weather can mess with that. I drink special teas with cayenne pepper but I think youre psyching yourself out really.
God is waiting for us to forgive us all and what is broken hell fix.
Every morning I wake up and thank God.
In New Orleans music is part of the culture. Youre raised with it from the cradle to the grave and all in-between.
I used to always sing my way into the movies and the basketball games or whatever. Id sing for whoevers on the door and theyd let me in. I used to think I was Nat King Cole back in the day you know. So Id sing something like Mona Lisa Mona Lisa men have named you
Don Was is a friend of mine weve done projects together over the years.
I was very surprised when I heard that I had been chosen to receive the James Cardinal Gibbons Award.
So I went in front of the judge and I had my St. Jude prayer book in my pocket and my St. Jude medal. And Im standing there and that judge said I was found guilty so he sentenced me to what the law prescribed: one to 14 years.
Im waiting for them to come up with a Star Trek thing so they can beam me from my house to the gigs and back.
Doo-wop is the true music to me man. Doo-wop was what nurtured me and grew me into who I am and I guess even when I was in school the teacher probably thought I had ADD or something every day because Id be beating on the desks singing like the Flamingos or the Spaniels or Clyde McPhatter or somebody.
My drummer bass player and guitar player sing backgrounds. They play and sing. I can sing all the harmonies but I cant do it alone.
Its up to God to do the judging. You havent walked in my boots so how are you going to judge me?
Yellow Moon was a poem. My wife at the time Joel – shes dead now – it was our 25th anniversary. She had the chance to go on a cruise with her sister. And Im home with the kids and looking up and I saw the big moon and I just started writing.
Age and numbers are a concept made up by man.
You try to do what you can to bring harmony wherever you go.
I always loved Sam Cooke because he seemed very versatile. He sang gospel soul blues pop music.
My favorite prayer is Footprints in the Sand. You know that prayer? I know the times that he carried me you know? I kind of wore him out.