Category Archives: Quotes

Tom Waits On … Truth vs Imagination

I feed off [my neighbourhood]. But at one point, you really have to stop and go away and sit down and collect all of the things you’ve been through. You have to be away to let your imagination work along … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Catching Songs

Just ’cause you’re not fishin’ doesn’t mean there aren’t fish out there. You can go out there when you want, when you’re ready to do it . . . We’ve got a piano called a Fisher. And that’s what we … Continue reading

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I Write…

Inspiring words from My Fair Lady lyricist Alan Jay Lerner  I write not because it is what I do, but because it is what I am; not because it is how I make my living, but how I make my … Continue reading

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Good Thing We Brought The Glock

Lots of editing and overdubbing kid’s songs, a little frisbee* with the fam, and a few quotes. Oh, and I bought a glockenspiel on eBay! There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen The … Continue reading

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Church Of Snark

Edited another FAWM kid’s composition ‘Midnight Curry Blues’ and then writing in the evening with Deeper Than Forever (a great live vid on the way from them). Was reminded today of a post I wrote that was popular AND got … Continue reading

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Free Beef

I don’t want to sell my music. I’d like to give it away because where I got it, you didn’t have to pay for it. – Captain Beefheart

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Tchaikovsky On Working For Inspiration

The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without … Continue reading

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Signing The Great To Attract The Successful

Derek Sivers has an interesting insight into Elektra records founder Jac Holzman. After recounting a story where Jac was able to get permission from the Beatles to license something because he signed an artist they respected… “[He] told me that it … Continue reading

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A Band Is The Space Between Members

Everybody is familiar with the concept that something is more than just the sum of the parts (John+Paul+George+Ringo=The Beatles) but Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has a unique twist on that I think the problem with most modern bands … Continue reading

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Opera/Glass

I don’t doubt that the world of traditional repertory opera will eventually be dragged – probably screaming – into the twentieth century with the rest of us. Of course by then it will be the twenty-first century… Phillip Glass (writing … Continue reading

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