Ray LaMontagne's Quotes
Biography of Ray LaMontagne
When I pick up the guitar, it's a melody, and that's what drives the lyrics. It's bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.Tags: Guitar, Pick, Truth
When I think of folk music, I think of topical songs. And I don't write topical songs.Tags: Music, Songs, Write
I always felt, as a listener at a show, that when there was too much banter between the artist and the audience that it detracted from the show. I more enjoyed shows where the guys came out and they just played.Tags: Artist, Between, Show
I was really lost for a while in my teens. I was angry. But when I found music - Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell - it was a new discovery. It was a door to this other world where I wanted to be.Tags: Angry, Lost, Music
In order to get a note out, I have to dig deep, and I mean that on an emotional level. To physically sing, I have to get somewhere deep before I can do it.Tags: Deep, Emotional, Mean
The label doesn't do anything but put your record in the store, that's all they do. And tell you, you don't have a single... and tell you, it's not gonna sell... that's what the label does.Tags: Put, Single, Tell
Well... you know, I love motorcycles. They're just beautiful, and there's a certain craftsmanship in older bikes, older Triumphs or BSAs or Norton. I'm just very attracted to it.Tags: Beautiful, Love, Older
Writing songs is not something I wanted to share with people for a long time. It was precious to me. I didn't want someone to crush it. I waited until I felt strong enough to take the criticism.Tags: Someone, Strong, Time
You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.Tags: Bad, Choices, Yourself
The thing I love about music is that you can take things that are painful, deep things that hurt you, and you can turn them into something beautiful.Tags: Beautiful, Love, Music
I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well.Tags: Age, Wisdom, Young
I am very self-critical, but that's a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.Tags: Good, Growing, Human
I don't like myself, and I don't like to be looked at.Tags: Looked
I feel calm when I'm on my own.Tags: Calm
I need space between me and the audience - and the more space the better.Tags: Audience, Between, Space
I'm a private person.Tags: Private
I'm a very emotional person.Tags: Emotional
I'm very uncomfortable in my own skin.Tags: Skin
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It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time.Tags: Means, Personal, Time
It's so easy to get caught up in your own experiences. They can seem so important. But there are billions and billions of other experiences going on.Tags: Caught, Easy, Seem
My backstory is so tedious.Tags: Tedious
Social situations, for me - it's very natural for me to be an observer. That's where I'm most comfortable. I observe things.Tags: Natural, Situations, Social