Monthly Archives: March 2008

Where I’m Coming From…

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.

Allen Ginsberg, America (1956)

When you get people who say to you that you had an effect on their lives, you realise it was worth it all.”

Joe Strummer

Have no fear of perfection. You will never reach it.”

Salvador Dali

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky.

Nick Drake, Northern Sky(from the album Bryter Layter 1970)

“Mediocrity is like a spot on your shirt, it never comes off.”

Haruki Murakami

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

Jack Kerouac

Making mistakes can be very instructive, and it can be a lot of fun if you have the right mindset.

J. Robbins, Jawbox/Burning Airlines/Channels

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan

No amount of money is worth losing control of our music.”

Ian MacKaye, Minor Threat/Fugazi

People want to think they’re outside the norm, but in reality everyone is inside this pink balloon. Clusters of radicals are still part of society. All you do is influence the trends of the norms. You can just change where the balloon stands, you can’t change what’s in it.”

Bob Mould – Husker Du

Every little memory has a song…”

Ted Leo, The Lost Brigade (Living With The Living – 2007)

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

Miles Davis

We realized that we had to get beyond the beat, beyond the key – into playing pure sound. As the expression – pure sound has a feeling; when you get into the sound as opposed to any progression of notes, you get a pure emotional reaction. You get a more intense emotional equivalent, more intense, and more pure. You realize that music has emotional equivalents; in other words, how it affects your body, and when you get into pure sound, you’re beyond, and progression – it’s emotion itself.”

Brother Wayne Kramer, The Motor City Five (MC5)

I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I’m doing . . . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there’s some feeling of communication, it isn’t necessary that it be understood.”

John Coltrane

We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds… Cause there are so many sleeping people.

Jimi Hendrix

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

Bruce Lee

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