Suddenly, Barry White is big again. With a toasty new single (''Practice What You Preach,'' from the Icon Is Love album) and his trademark crushed-velvet voice, the 50-year-old arbiter of amour is steaming up Billboard's pop chart for the first time in 16 years. He's also been busy fine-tuning an autobiography, and he recently lent a lung to Edie Brickell on her latest album. Still, White managed to spare a few moments to share his expertise.
*Barbra said love was softer than an easy chair. Is it? It can be. Love is a transparent emotion. Whether it's gay life, whether it's straight life. I don't give a f---. If the two of you want it to be beautiful, soft as an easy chair, elusive as a beautiful dove or butterfly, then it can be.
*What can we teach our children about love? The glory of love is showing it. Love isn't just a word, action, or emotion. You have to execute that emotion! Love is the icon of Barry White.
*Really? What makes you so special in that area the voice? No. You can talk high or low, it doesn't make any difference. To speak truth, that is the difference. To be honest, to communicate, to listen those are a few of Barry White's attributes.
*Do you agree with Maureen McGovern that there has to be a morning after? No. There can be, but it depends on what the night before was.
*Do you believe love makes the world go round? There would be no world to go around without love. That baby wouldn't even exist if there was no getting off!
*Both figuratively and literally, huh? That's right!
*Man, you're really into this. Yes! Just think: Without making love, there's no people or society. There's nothing to talk about. There are no telephones.
*On ''I Only Want to Be With You,'' you claim that you ''can't make the love that's only for a minute.'' That's what I am! I'm not the type of guy who f---s around with ''Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma'am!'' When I'm making love, I don't like rushing. It can be 45 minutes or an hour. Baby, I only want to be with you.
*Do you take vitamins? I've never taken a vitamin in my life.