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happen. like, don't let that happen. valves that were leaking, but i had not noticed anything until then. a couple of instances of but that of rest, really set me down for a few minutes. was in thelater i studio, and eight days later i was on stage. i'm not stopping. i asked this question because i am curious about when
and where you came into the knowledge that this was your gngue gift, that you were to spend your life empowering .nd inspiring >> i sat next to my mother in church. happened before i set foot on this planet. -- aour brilliant pn brilliant pianist. i came here with something i inherited from my folks. you can call me out went. .- call me al
got people interested in the story that includes an orchestra. i can't say a lot more about it, but we are going to tell the story about what happened. i was six or seven and singing. people smiled and pinched my cheeks until the blood vessels broke. i knew i was doing something right. i did a concert at five years in the garden. we raise money to buy a new pn iano at our church in milwaukee. i kind of knew something was going on.
brothers were singing. i started singing. i didn't know i wasn't supposed to sing intervals like that. there it was right in front of me. it would later become part of my signature. just like our thumbprint makes us different from anyone in the world, you said we have a .humbprint on our throat your voice is distinctive in the world, and you have to give some volume to your voice. that was the most deeply
philosophical thing i have heard. anyone who hears your voice in the middle of the night knows that is tavis smiley. they would know your voice .ecause of the textures >> you discovered this when you were five years old, but how did you become proficient. did you become so versatile in so many different genres? >> it's all listening and exposure.
that's why it's so important to expose your kids do many different things. i can sing some poll codes. don't get me started. lkas.me po don't get me started. i'm proud of that. i watched elvis restfully become. -- elvis presley become. become.d chuck berry i listened to doo-wop before it was called doo-wop.
amazing, and that gets mentioned on stage. every day is thanksgiving. you're going to hear god. tavis: you're a class act. >> the thing is we need to keep some voices that hold some stuff. there are other voices making a bazillion dollars, and kids are listening. tavis: you mentioned take six. it was one of the
great joys of your life where you were a kid growing up in milwaukee and to now have artist's as they break. times where people say he sounds like al jarreau. i remember kim, they said, he .ounds like al jarreau i assumet must be a huge that they compare them. you there is arn lot of money to be made. you don't want to be al jarreau.
>> i do this for free and did it stillee a lot and would be doing it in some fashion for to make money had shining shoes. find something you would do for free. let that put the light in your eyes. it makes you a better husband, father, neighbor, citizen when you have that light in your eyes and you are a pleasant person to be around. did you find everything you need? that is on aisle seven? find something. it could be planting flowers.
especially if you can do something where there was not something before. rearrange the furniture. tavis: i am glad you said that. senselways gotten the that part of what turns you on is the chance to create something every day. there are a couple of tracks i have heard you do a thousand but the way you do it with this orchestra. greatestall one of the love songs ever, or what?
>> he wrote the music, and i did the lyrics. yes, it's a sweetheart love song. i like to say for one moment there was a place called camelot. toe used that in reference america where we have gotten beyond our differences. it might have even been a woman at the time. i like what happened in that song. we sing it every night. spain, butould be you never sing it the same way.
you create something different every time. >> that's one of the commandments of improvisation. improvisation is happening right where guys 'n roll are improvising. step out there and venture and create something tonight that and let't do last night that person make you play a little differently than you did. there was a lady in the audience. that's the commandment. jazz brought this sense of democracy. marquee, may be on the
but it's you. it takes a great deal of courage. improvise live on stage every day. show and telle show, then of the time they're going to play each song. sound, butway they there's no improvisation. you step out every night and improvise live in front of us. that takes a lot of courage. >> i've learned it from the people who have done it before.
thank you for paying that wonderful complement. i would like to say it, but you did. tavis: you make mention of citizens. word i use. it the american people. i prefer fellow citizen. if you don't know -- if you know al jarreau you know he has thoughts about everything. just give me your thoughts about the nation. talk to me about how we are
doing. >> there is a group. it's all the industrialized nations. we mention them because they are our friends. lead the world in things the world needs leadership in. amongst them, we are the only ones without national health care. hospitalt go to the and not worry about falling into bankruptcy. they go to university. we are killing our students with debt. that scares me.
though 405 is the worst freeway to the airport i have driven on. our infrastructure is falling apart. somebody has threatened washington with you cannot raise tax dollars, and it has got to come from deep pockets. use our highways, use our airports, use our libraries, use our universities, and they hoard it away and sit in an office and moved the rose and decimal andts -- and move zeroes decimal points around. it breaks my heart. there are a lot of things that .eed some help
>> i have two days to go, and i can do this for days. given all our fellow citizens are up against, when they take our money and choose to spend it to come see al jarreau, you're going to give them the best show you can give them, but given what the people are up against, umph inat put a little your performance? thatat's always been there my audience is not flush with money.
these are people who work hard to see me. audience, but my audience has always been people who are struggling to stay in the middle class. everyday people. i've got 30 seconds. of our dearlys department friend, george duke. >> we celebrate george every night since he went back to the from which he came from. tavis: i love it. al jarreau is welcome on this show any time. first guestas my
from my first show. we didn't want this to end without him paying a visit. him in town.ught >> tavis for president. isis: the latest project called " al jarreau and the metro orchestra live." i love you. give my best to susan. that's our show for tonight. as always, keep the faith. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org. tavis: hi, i'm tavis smiley. join me next time for a conversation with
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it's actually brand-new, and it incorporates a lot of cutting-edge technologies that make it comfortable and efficient. instead of using traditional adobe bricks made from clay, these walls are built with insulated concrete forms using wood chips and cement. they're strong, durable, and lightweight. the outside of every wall is covered with several inches of rigid foam insulation. a house wrap and wires support the stucco siding. and up here on the roof, these parapet walls are just tall enough to conceal an array of solar panels that generate enough electricity for the entire house. and so, because of good planning and smart builders, what's old is new again here in santa fe. hey, dauna, hey, walt. -hi, kevin. -welcome, thanks for coming. my pleasure. hey, it's a great spot you got here. i was just driving up these hills.
beautiful views of the desert, and you've got the mountains behind you. well, the mountains are the southern end of the sangre de cristo foothills. they rise a thousand feet behind the house. santa fe is a thousand feet below the house in the front. and how high is the house itself? the house is about 8,000 feet. oh, wow, you're up there, huh? okay. and then how long have you been in the house? we've been here about a year. oh, so fairly new. fairly new, but it is one of the most beautiful places we've ever lived. and i suspect at 8,000 feet, you get some pretty good vistas of the surrounding area. we have views in every direction every day, but let me show you the spectacular view. you better, all right. oh, boy, you weren't kidding, were you? no, i was not. this is a view that's truly a view. you can see the mountains above albuquerque this way to the southwest, santa fe is below us here, and we can see all the way to los alamos and the jemez mountains on this side. yeah, that's beautiful. you can see why we love the deck