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A baseball player doesn't have to go and get another job. Mike Tyson doesn't have to get another job, he can devote himself to what he's doing.
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A lot of musicians have to be cooks and waiters and different things.
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A prophet is not without honor except in his own country among his own people.
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A world is in danger, this planet is in great danger!
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Actually, leading a large band is an impossible job and I would have given up some time ago but I'm under the jurisdiction of other forces which want to help the planet and they keep certain musicians with me.
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All these other nations seem to appreciate what I'm doing and they want me to play the furthest out things.
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America is not doing anything for creative artists like myself.
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And I'm telling people they can be part of and in a sense, are citizens of the omniverse, That's true.
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And then when I went to Chicago, that's when I had these outer space experiences and went to the other planets.
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And, therefore, if someone is in the band who' s gonna get in my way, even ten years from today, the force will see to it that they will not be with me.
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Bach and Beethoven, all of them, they had to write something to please the upper structure, those with money and power.
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But I have other forms of music that I haven't been able to project because it would take a lot of money to do it.
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But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are imprisoned behind these bars; music's got these bars and measures you know.
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But, I'm not in the commercial plane so that means I'm not on TV like preachers are, like the politicians are, like the philosophers are.
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Everybody has a chance to present themselves to the public.
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I always say it's not my Arkestra, it belongs to some other force which wants certain things, to reach people.
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I am a musician, but I'm another type of musician.
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I don't have a negative side toward the force.
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I have a negative side toward the world because the world is self destruct.
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I see people as they really are from a pure point of view.
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I use music as a medium to talk to people.
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I was up under the guidance of other forces.
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I would tell them how to play the music with certain phrasings that they don't have now, because my music is talking, about other things.
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I'm dealing with the dark spirit of all nations, the part of them they know nothing about.
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I'm dealing with the potential of people. I'm dealing with what they should be and what I see in them that isn't there but should be there.
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I'm here on the planet, you might say, for a mission That means that I have to be careful what musicians I use.
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I'm not a minister, I'm not a philosopher, I'm not a politician, I'm in another category.
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I'm playing dark history. It's beyond black. I'm dealing with the dark things of the cosmos.
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I've been talking about pioneering outer space, things like that.
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I've got pieces for a symphony orchestra which would be possibly twice as large as what they have today.
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I've got things that we've been rehearsing for 30 years, composition after composition.
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If I was in Sweden or some other country where the government takes care of the musicians and the artists things would be different. But here in the US they don't.
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In a write up, in a New Jersey paper, I said that teenagers are facing this generation gap that leaves them without anything to hold onto from older people.
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In the black community, they don't have anything, staying in the projects and all that; but they need something to let the world know that they still love and they're still different so they have rep as their culture.
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It might be better if I just moved to Europe and the nations that appreciate the artistic value of what I'm doing.
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It's like the sun and the stars in the sky, who are following a schedule. I have to follow that schedule whether I've got one musician or no musicians; I have to do what I have to do.
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It's possibly the same thing that the ancient Egyptians called the Nameless One. They had a temple to the Nameless One.
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It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his brother and his own kind, putting him in jail and insane asylums, letting him lay out in the street.
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It's totally wrong but people are self destruct. No one has to kill them.
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Jazz is there because it's a world music other nations recognize it.
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Music is a language, you see, a universal language.
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My family didn't know anything about it and my friends didn't but I knew that I had companionship.
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Not too many people in America know about me, but all of Europe knows about me.
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Now, this sickness and this death and all these things that happen here on earth are not necessary. It's totally out of harmony, coordination precision and discipline.
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Now, Turkey is sort of a closed circuit I haven't heard of any musicians going there.
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On the other hand, the BBC wants to expose what I'm saying.
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People have set that up as a standard, not to recognize a prophet in his own country.
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Recently, I have felt the need to reach out to the other influences in the world; South America, Asia, Africa, etc.
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So, therefore, my music is pure because the people with me are with me because they are supposed to be.
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That's because they have never listened to prophets or listened to God. They don't have anyone to listen to. Well, they're just like automobiles without a driver.
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That's when I organized what I called a space trio.
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The ancient Egyptians had a civilization for 5000 years without a break.
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The force will send things to them that they really want like dope or sex or religion or politics.
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The world is in such a bad condition that if they don't find what you call a redeemer, every man, woman and child on this planet will be eliminated.
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They can't approach it without a master, someone who has mastered himself and who has the discipline to help them.
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They deny things and, so, because of their minds, they get the negative side.
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They don't know things and they're not trying to find out things except for money and sex and dope and religion and politics and all those things.
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They' re blind to that but they have a chance to reach out and touch it through a master.
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Today's symphonic music is sponsored by the upper structures of society.
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We do things on a shoestring and we play occasionally for the people but people can turn on their TV and see football and gambling and pornography and preachers and politicians every night.
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Well most people feel the negative side because they are negative.
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Well, I have men in my band that aren't under pressure.
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Well, it came earlier, really, when I was three years old, that I had to do something.
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What I'm dealing with is so vast and great that it can't be called the truth. It's above the truth.
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When I saw Star Wars, I felt when they talked about forces they most certainly were correct.
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