What soul singer Al Green calls ‘The Extraordinary’

I asked  singer Al Green (“I’m So Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together”) what singing feels like for him. He gave a mystical answer (describing himself in the third person) that showed a total lack of fear of being himself.

“The Extraordinary is what goes into it for me. That’s what makes it click because you don’t know where Extraordinary is going to wind up at, and you don’t know really when Extraordinary is gonna start. That’s why I use backstage before the show goes on, prancing and flowing like a wild tiger because he [referring to himself] don’t know really when it’s gonna start. That’s why people overseas [at his European shows] were saying that it seems like he goes into some type of a trance when he is up there singing these songs.”



About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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One Response to What soul singer Al Green calls ‘The Extraordinary’

  1. Not at all. In the past decade, I’ve seen Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris perform in Milwaukee. So natural and true. I’m familiar with many, but not all, of the artists you interview. I enjoy your posts! So great to share and learn. Ellen

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