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Born: 1945-01-28
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.

Tags: Effective, Quality, Vocal

The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of, aren't particularly youth culture.

Tags: Culture, Draw, Youth

There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.

Tags: Good, Ideas, Music

This constant pressure from record companies to come up with a hit single or something like that, I find completely tiresome.

Tags: Hit, Pressure, Single

When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.

Tags: Singer, Singing, Try

Even if you're specific about the character of the song, it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.

Tags: Character, Place, Song

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect. There is something absurd about these gloomy young men getting together and banging away.

Tags: Men, Respect, Rock

I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them. Roger was very important, I thought, his contribution. And so was Rick's organ playing. It was a good band. It became something else completely, obviously.

Tags: Else, Good, Thought

I think that pop, and to some extent rock, are like sport and fashion industry in that they're about the exuberance of youth. That's the sort of subliminal ideology.

Tags: Fashion, Rock, Youth

If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it, you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once. And hope that the experience you have makes up for the some of the diminishing energy.

Tags: Die, Experience, Hope

It just doesn't mean anything to me, the high-profile, big money side of things. I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do, and hang around my friends.

Tags: Friends, Mean, Money

My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.

Tags: Age, Done, Old

People are quite shocked when you remind them that Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song that they recorded in their lives, as far as I know.

Tags: Far, Lives, Song

People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s. Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it. Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?

Tags: Good, Here, Sad

There are people I would like to work with. It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway, and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate. So I tend to stick to my own thing.

Tags: Bit, Means, Work

There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.

Tags: Music, Number, Youth

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.

Tags: Bit, Lost, Singing

When there is a voice in a piece of music, we tend to focus on the voice. That is probably something from when we were babies and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.

Tags: Focus, Mother, Music

I know people who grow old and bitter. I want to keep making a fresh start. I don't want them to defeat me. That would be suicidal.

Tags: Keep, Moving On, Old

What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment with what I've already done.

Tags: Constant, Done, Sense

I play music a lot but on my own mostly, so it was nice to be around other people. There was a certain sense a relief in the physical act of just playing and being with other musicians.

Tags: Music, Nice, Sense

Love is blind. My politics has been, too. I think you can fall in love with ideas, and you can fall in love with people. It's a very subjective experience. And I'm loyal to that experience.

Tags: Experience, Love, Politics

Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom, it gets you less.

Tags: Big, Famous, Freedom

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest.

Tags: Clouds, Honest, Real

We did not get any money from the early records. It was all taken by crooked managers. It is just a gangster's paradise.

Tags: Early, Money, Taken

I don't know how many thoughts we have a second, but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down the appropriate sequence of those, all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

Tags: Amazing, Second, Thoughts
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I've always liked pop music. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene, because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way, really.

Tags: Music, Rock, Wrong

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.

Tags: Happiness, Life, Work

Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism, and kind of standing against the world: to me that's the ultimate nightmare. I want to get lost and diffused in the world.

Tags: Against, Artists, Lost

Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make a pop single and find out that it isn't.

Tags: Music, Single, Try

I don't do live things.

Tags: Business, Moment, Someone

I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me. I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.

Tags: Hard, Songs, Writing

I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.

Tags: Felt, Rock, Whole

I only choose musicians who I think will emerge, can emerge, with their own character, while still going along with the tune in question.

Tags: Character, Question, While

I think the people who did well, or are happy, in a youth industry, they define themselves out of the business after a decade or so.

Tags: After, Business, Happy

I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar.

Tags: Become, Singer, Working

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.

Tags: Folk, Infantile, Singer

I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot, and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.

Tags: Done, Song, Sorry

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.

Tags: Biggest, Nature, Workers

In the past, so many of my records, really, have been sketches for records that never really got made.

Tags: Past, Records, Sketches

In theory, I'd like to work in a group. But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians in them are long since dead.

Tags: Dead, Group, Work

On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.

Tags: Listen, Peers, Whole

A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.

Tags: Away, Country, Night

Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.

Tags: Death, Jealousy, Sleep

Next to the pleasure of finding a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one.

Tags: Mistress, Next, Old

He's a fool that marries, but he's a greater that does not marry a fool; what is wit in a wife good for, but to make a man a cuckold?

Tags: Fool, Good, Wife

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.

Tags: Friendship, Good, Manly

Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.

Tags: Books, Company, Used

Bluster, sputter, question, cavil; but be sure your argument be intricate enough to confound the court.

Tags: Enough, Question, Sure

Come, for my part I will have only those glorious, manly pleasures of being very drunk, and very slovenly.

Tags: Drunk, Glorious, Manly

Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business.

Tags: Business, Pleasure, Whilst

I have heard people eat most heartily of another man's meat, that is, what they do not pay for.

Tags: Another, Eat, Pay

I weigh the man, not his title; 'tis not the king's stamp can make the metal better.

Tags: King, Metal, Title

Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.

Tags: Become, Love, Rich

Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.

Tags: Debt, Friends, Hate

Thy books should, like thy friends, not many be, yet such wherein men may thy judgment see.

Tags: Friends, May, Men

Wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it.

Tags: Beauty, Woman, Young

Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.

Tags: Good, Love, Women

Women serve but to keep a man from better company.

Tags: Company, Keep, Women

Your women of honor, as you call em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'Tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.

Tags: Honor, Men, Women

The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy's temptations.

Tags: Enemy, Life, Wind

This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Tags: Bible, Government

I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.

Tags: Conquer, End, Truth

In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bis.

Tags: God, Knowledge, Power

Englishmen learn Christ's law best in English. Moses heard God's law in his own tongue; so did Christ's apostles.

Tags: Best, God, Law

Private confession... was not ordered by Christ and was not used by the apostles.

Tags: Christ, Private, Used
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