April 01, 2020
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Jeremy Spencer

Fleetwood Mac founder on his concerts in aid of the visually handicapped in India

Jeremy Spencer
Why did you give up a full-time music career?
I didn't give up music. In fact, I have become more serious about music. I just wanted to get out of the trappings of showbiz. I felt as if I was on a treadmill.

What social causes are you promoting?
I'm involved with the National Association for the Blind. I do it since they ask me to and I feel it's the right thing to do. I go by how one feels.

How did you involve yourself with the association?
I don't know. I just had a good feeling about it.

How will your concerts make a difference?
It generates funds for them. The association gets a lot of exposure. People become more aware about the plight of the 12 million blind people in this country.

Do you also spend time with the people you raise money for?
I meet some of them when they come for the concerts. Also, when we rehearse using the association's facilities, then too one gets to interact with them. But that's about it.

What's it about India that keeps bringing you back?
The main thing is the audience response. It would be difficult to keep coming back if the audience were a dud.

You don't feel at home even in your native England. So, what's home for you now?
I haven't been to England in the past 25 years. I live in Brazil. Right now that's home for me.

Has your music evolved following your involvement with various causes?
Yes, certainly. You are more conscious of being loving, understanding of people. To me, that is the best way music can evolve.

Will the four original members of Fleetwood Mac reunite?
I wouldn't be happy with that because of all that comes along with it. I am in touch with Mick Fleetwood but he is more of a friend.

Are you interested in the Indian pop/rock scene at all?
I like Hindi film songs, it's a change from the usual western stuff. I also like A.R. Rahman's music and the way Asha Bhosale sings. She's quite amazing.

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