I was asked this in an e-mail from the Phonogram LP list and I thought I would share with you: I originally stated in an earlier thread: > Ray Charles used to make me sit in the dark in the studio and try and engineer just > by feel. He said that it was what HE had to do, so I better get used to it > if I was going to work with him. Bill Spohn then asked: Uh, Steve...couldn't you have just TOLD him that the lights were out, and that you were working (with truly amazing dexterity) entirely by feel?? I answered: Bill, this guy could feel the heat of the lights and know they were on. Amazing guy! He couldn't be fooled by anything like that. After all, he has been working in that same studio since 1964! He probably knows if someone is talking a bathroom break in the offices upstairs just by the change in the sound of the water pressure in the pipes. Funny story while I feel like typing: Ray one day wanted a little walkman (having broke his old one), so we piled in a limo and took him to some big chain stereo store (Circuit City, I think). We walked in the store, Engineer Terry Howard and I with Ray, his "man" and a few butt lickers that Ray had as "helpers". It must have been quite a scene in there when we walked in, but by that time I was so used to hanging out with Ray and his crowd I didn't realize it. Ray wanted to "feel" the quality of each of the machines before he put the headphones on, so he had to be there in person. (He loves gadgets). Well, they were so freaked out in Circuit City that Ray Charles just walked in the store like any normal slob would do that NO ONE would come over to help him. I mean, there is Ray standing pretty much in the middle of the store, and the sales people were shaking in their boots and whispering to each other. Terry and I tried in vain to get anyone to come over. Weird, huh? Ray could hear and sense this queer "change in the atmosphere" and finally after about 10 minutes, just YELLED out: "Is SOMEONE GONNA HELP ME OR NOT?" STILL, no one came over. So his man and I led him over to the gadgets and I acted like a sales guy while Ray tried everything. When he made his choice, I bought it for him while he walked out of the store shaking his head. Ah well; he CAN be very intimidating. Have a good day everyone!