This morning since I am of the age to be uncool, I was watching CBS Sunday morning when he was interviewed, and for the third time he created a strong emotional reaction in me as I listened to him speak. He speaks like an artist. More specifically, he speaks like a poet. I was unprepared for his words and the impact they have had on me today. I keep thinking back to the phrase that resonated so strongly with me. I can't get it out of my head (much like his song).
As Anthony Mason was interviewing him, he led him to the first incredible moment, " You've said that you were one of those kids who didn't fit into the box."
"No I just never even seen the box." Pharrell said. "It's like, what do you mean? What wall? What ceiling? ...Hence the phrase 'Room without a roof,' you know? Limitless."
MMMMM....School counselors like that kind of talk. You have my attention, Mr. Williams. I'm gonna go ahead and like you for a bit. I like your words. I like underdog stories. Talk to me. "I realized along the way that there wasn't enough purpose in my music."
He was 15 when his grandmother convinced him to join band because he loved to play the drums. Pharrell lists all the teachers who helped him learn to play the drum set. He credits their work for his success. He talks about his bad grades and about struggle. He tells Anthony Mason that his style was too different. That radio stations wouldn't play it.
UH-HUH....School counselors like to think if we don't give up on our kids they can inspire us in the present and in the future. He is speaking the language of hope now. He speaks of all the support it takes to become so successful in a creative business. Bring it home, son.
"It's not all about you.It can't be all about you. Just like you need air to fly a kite, it's not the kite. It's the air." -Mr. Pharrell Williams
So concise. So succinct. So true. Without a roof.