Maestro Thomas Meets `Godfather of So...

Maestro Thomas Meets `Godfather of Soul'

There are 1 comment on the The Associated Press story from May 18, 2007, titled Maestro Thomas Meets `Godfather of Soul' . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

When conductor Michael Tilson Thomas was a music student, he practically broke into a cold sweat the first time he heard James Brown on the radio.

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RHP

Independence, MO

#1 May 30, 2007
My experience with James Brown's music had a huge influence on my life too. Some people must have thought i was a bit crazy. But the fact his, his music simply grabbed my heart and found my soul like no other. Though I have little or no musical ability, I do "know" music...and make no mistake about it, James Brown's music went far beyond. Since 1965, I was fortunate to have attended about 13 or 14 of his shows...the last being Sept 15th just three months before he died. Oddly enough, I could tell that night that he was tired...something wasn't quite right. I did personally meet him twice (and believe it or not, still have the autographed plaster statue of him I did in high school forty years ago!). He really was an American musical genius. It's just sad that the ravishes of time, hard work, and occasional drug abuse took such a toll on him over his life, or more people would have understood his greatness as a human being.

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