what Sam said to Bobby applies to us all

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yesterday I was working at one of my all-time favorite library branches and had another experience of Serendipity By Bookdrop. The day after a holiday closure is always busy -- circulation is no joke in this system -- things have to keep moving or the door will be blocked by incoming materials and we'd have to read our way out of it! I was in the work room surrounded by big canvas bins full of books and dvds and cds -- I really do love this part because I get to see everything, even if it's just for a second. Anyway, I saw a familiar pair of eyes looking up from the bin and fished out Sam Cooke's SAR Record's Story 2 disc set. Woo hoo! Nobody had a hold on it so I brought it home, but not before I read the following on my break. This quote is Bobby Womack recalling what Sam told him about the utility of reading:

Sam was always into reading. He read black history a lot, he read Aristotle, he read the New Yorker and Playboy magazine, I mean he read all the time. Everywhere he went he would look and see where he could get a book--he didn't care what it was about, he would get something! He was just so locked into it, and I would say, When does this guy have time to write? But he was telling me,"'Bob, if you read, you gonna write much easier. You can say what's on your mind, because you're not interpreting, you know what I mean?'" He said, "'That's the only way you can grow. Otherwise you're going to write love songs for the rest of your life. But everything ain't about love. If you in a situation that you thought was supposed to be a certain way, you can write in a way where it's like an abstract painting. You can say things direct to people, and they can accept it. Because of the way you put it."
3 comments on "what Sam said to Bobby applies to us all"
  1. The Eternal Wisdom of Sam Cooke. He was so far ahead of his time, that pretty much sums it up. I love it!

    You've taken some wonderful pictures, by the way. Photography was also one of Sam's hobbies.

    Erik Greene
    Author, “Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective”

  2. Wow. Great quote. I wonder if I can use that to justify my losing sleep to books, blogs and and articles, and my constant need to sneak in some reading what at work...

  3. Everything I read about Sam Cooke makes me admire him even more! Thanks for stopping by, Erik. Your book looks great. (and thanks about the pictures! Somehow it doesn't surprise me to find out that it was a hobby of Sam's.)

    Adam, I'm totally using it as a justification, so I think you should feel free to do so as well! I mean, you've got to read, right???


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