Wednesday, April 13, 2005

THEY WOULD, OF COURSE, BE THE ONLY TWO OPTIONS

So it turns out the reason why Alicia Keys chose to make a success of music was because she didn't want to become a prostitute. She'd seen the girls working in Times Square when she was really young.

Wearing next to nothing; skinny to the point of illness; having to give large chunks of the cash they earn to "managers" who have little interest in them beyond how much cash they can pull in; a seedy little world where drugs are often used as a means of control and where most people are on something all the time.

But Alicia thought despite those failings, at least with the music industry you don't have to stand around in the cold outside all night. And so she learned to play the piano.


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