Denise Sullivan

Author, Journalist, Culture Worker

The World According to Les McCann

We’re taught to be afraid of everything. Don’t do this or that: It’s said on purpose, part of the curriculum of this earthly school. Everyone has a blueprint, everyone sets out to do their thing. It’s all here, for us to learn. I’ve never stopped learning. Earth ain’t meant to be heaven. We’re all angels having an earthly experience. Everything you can think of happens right here on this earth. If it wasn’t for sex and money
 and fighting, there would be no problems. It’s all how you look at things. We all have intuition. The real truth is in the quiet of who you are. I walk hand in hand with who I really am. I remember my other lifetimes. I don’t want to do the same things over and over. It might take many times but the choice is whether we decide to live in love or in the things we fear. Every time you do an interview, ask yourself the questions you want the answers to, ask everything you want to know of yourself. You’ll hear things you never heard before. You 
already know all this. It’s not anything you haven’t heard before. Fear or love. You have go through it and deal with it. It’s how get to where we want to be. By the time we die, did we really answer the call? Did you 
live the life you wanted to live?

As told to Denise Sullivan, with thanks to Karen McDaniels, Pat Thomas and of course Les McCann who was born on this day in 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky. With Eddie Harris, McCann had a worldwide hit with the Eugene McDaniels composition, “Compared To What,” when it was released on the album, Swiss Movement, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969.

 

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