“You have to play life.”

Dr. Lonnie Smith on Tavis Smiley. Self-adopted doctoral title. Why he plays the Hammond B3. The Pentecostal church organ, familiar to both Lonnie Smith and Tavis Smiley. Played with a Leslie, in church.

Why he plays the way he plays, and why he continues to play:

You have to play life.

Such as when older, and younger:


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