Bill Withers, Soul Legend: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bill Withers

Bill Withers in "Soul Power" from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Bill Withers is the singer-songwriter behind soul classics like Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day and more. Withers retired from the music industry in the mid 1980s, and with the exception of a few songs penned for other artists, has stayed out of the public eye. He's featured in the new documentary and concert film Soul Power, which follows a music festival in Zaire in 1974. The film hits theaters in New York and LA on July 14th, and opens across the country thereafter.

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Bill Withers and destiny

I am a few weeks behind on the podcast, so just heard this a few hours ago as I was driving around town running errands. It was interesting to hear a very serious man on the show, and I enjoyed the interview.

Here's the weird part; I followed it with a listen of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (i know, i know, it's not hip), and their first piece of interstitial music was Just the Two of Us, featuring Bill Withers on vocal. Then I got to my office, kicked up the iTunes on random, and the third song it played was Bill Withers' Use Me (and understand, I have almost 14000 songs on here, 2 of which are by Mr Withers.)

Is the universe trying to tell me something?

dave from knoxville

Anybody else think about

Anybody else think about Michael Jackson when Bill explained his retirement/whatever he would call it? Or do I have MIchael on the brain?

Choices

You're not the only one who made comparisons in their heads.

OMG!

Go, Jesse! Bill Withers -- one of my all-time favorite artists ever. I've read an interview with him, and it was phenomenal. Am resisting listening right this second and am going to save to savor on a long car trip tonight.

I cannot stop listening to

I cannot stop listening to this song!