Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - It's really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect.
[ Album Aspect Every Liked Really Relationships Sad Songs Story Talk]
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Alvin Ailey - Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.
[ Act Acted Approach Build Creative Death Does Give Initiate Life Living Mean Out Photography Positive Rather Sings Song Subjective Than Upon Very Word]
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Gary Allan - Idol has pretty much taken me out of my recording and out of my choreography. I have managed to slip in some choreography jobs. And I've been writing songs for other artists.
[ Artists Been Choreography Idol Jobs Managed Much Other Out Pretty Recording Slip Some Songs Taken Writing]
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Walter Bagehot - There's a saying, 'It's easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.' I'm going through that right now.
[ Difficult Easy Going Great Now Right Saying Songs Through Very Write]
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Victoria Beckham - I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
[ Being Cherries Frankly Fruit Full Garden Give More Songs Than Their Them Value Very]
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Henry Bergh - I got about 6037 songs I wrote myself and I'm trying to get them on the market and I just wish people could hear them and stuff but they'll do pretty good.
[ Could Get Good Got Hear Just Market Myself Pretty Songs Stuff Them Trying Wish Wrote]
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Peter Bergman - It's great to be able to get up there now and do an hour or 75 minutes of songs they're familiar with.
[ Able Familiar Get Great Hour Minutes Now Songs Up]
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Henri Bergson - People get passionate about a song. It's been my experience if you put out radio candy, something commercial, it doesn't sell records.
[ Been Candy Commercial Experience Get Out Passionate Put Radio Records Sell Something Song]
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Milton Bradley - I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
[ Father First Five Longing Old Out Song Wrote Years]
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James Brady - The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital.
[ Also Bad Books Broke Fate Fire Flame Heaven Home Hospital Ill Later Lay Night Out Singers Songs Them Up Went Which Wrote]
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Earle Brown - Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children's children, pure on their tongues, and free.
[ Children Courage Fit Free Great Our Pure Russian Songs Their Tongues Word]
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Isambard K. Brunel - I can't be bothered anymore about giving songs titles.
[ Anymore Bothered Giving Songs Titles]
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James Coburn - At the end of the day, they're happy if you do the obvious songs towards the end of the set and you've got to try and make yourself happy by doing certain songs at the front end of the set.
[ Certain Day Doing End Front Got Happy Make Obvious Set Songs Towards Try Yourself]
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David Allan Coe - Thinking about what songs are coming next instead of just relaxing, breathing and playing from my heart. Sometimes it can get to be almost like the enemy.
[ Almost Breathing Coming Enemy Get Heart Instead Just Next Playing Relaxing Sometimes Songs Thinking]
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Alan Coren - She danced a jig, she sung a song that took my heart away.
[ Away Danced Heart Jig She Song Sung Took]
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Georges Courteline - I sang and wrote songs when I was 12 years old.
[ Old Sang Songs Wrote Years]
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Victor Cousin - I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs.
[ Always Away Ideas Into Might Phrases Songs Storing Things Think Turn]
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Brian Cox - At the Muddy Waters thing, I played the first song by myself on an acoustic guitar. I thought that was great that y'all did that tribute to Muddy Waters. I had a real good time.
[ Acoustic Did First Good Great Guitar Had Muddy Myself Played Real Song Thing Thought Time Tribute Waters]
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Nikki Cox - I got tired of playing other people's songs.
[ Got Other Playing Songs Tired]
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Tench Coxe - I said, other people can write songs, let's see if I can. So the first 400 or 500 wound up on the floor somewhere. Then I wrote one called Melissa.
[ Called First Floor Melissa Other Said See Somewhere Songs Then Up Wound Write Wrote]
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Steve Cropper - For me it always comes down to what is a good song and I'm very old fashioned in the way that I like to make songs that have something classic about them whether you can play them with an orchestra or an electro synthesizer or an acoustic guitar.
[ Acoustic Always Classic Comes Down Fashioned Good Guitar Make Old Orchestra Play Something Song Songs Synthesizer Them Very Way Whether]
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John C. Crosby - Knowing what I knew about Russia, as much as I loved the music and was fascinated by the songs and the whole idea of it, I knew it would be a very lengthy and frustrating process.
[ Fascinated Frustrating Idea Knew Knowing Lengthy Loved Much Music Process Russia Songs Very Whole Would]
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Jon Crosby - My next record I really just want it to be a collection of great songs, classic songs in a way.
[ Classic Collection Great Just Next Really Record Songs Want Way]
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Anthony Crosland - That's what I like to do, I like to make songs.
[ Make Songs]
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Joseph Crowley - I don't think radio is selling records like they used to. They'd hawk the song and hawk the artist and you'd get so excited, you'd stop your car and go into the nearest record store.
[ Artist Car Excited Get Go Hawk Into Nearest Radio Record Records Selling Song Stop Store Think Used Your]
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Larry Csonka - Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It's something I will always do.
[ Always Interesting Looking Make Music Musicians Producing Records Selfishly Something Songs Will Working]
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Eileen Davidson - I didn't write this song. Someone was talking in a room. I just wrote down everything they said.
[ Down Everything Just Room Said Someone Song Talking Write Wrote]
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Catherine Deneuve - To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
[ Able Art Attain Attraction Changing Childish Great Guess How Interest Keep Key Know Learn Might Music Must Piece Read Simply Song Soul Suggest Teaching Then Up Vary Will]
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Angie Dickinson - Musically, I always allow myself to jump off of cliffs. At least that's what it feels like to me. Whether that's what it actually sounds like might depend on what the listener brings to the songs.
[ Actually Allow Always Brings Cliffs Depend Feels Jump Least Listener Might Musically Myself Off Songs Sounds Whether]
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Scott Dixon - If I can't get a mental image from the song, I won't sing it.
[ Get Image Mental Sing Song Won]
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Rita Dove - I think some people found the production took away from the actual songs, which I can understand.
[ Actual Away Found Production Some Songs Think Took Understand Which]
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Marty Feldman - My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
[ Almost Been Big Choke Dance Great Hard Joke Laugh Life Myself Song Spoke Think Walked]
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Charity Fillmore - I had this talent for these stupid little teenage songs.
[ Had Little Songs Stupid Talent Teenage These]
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Charles Fillmore - I just couldn't get anyone to sing my songs, so I had to sing my own tunes.
[ Anyone Get Had Just Own Sing Songs Tunes]
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Neil Finn - It's always a mixture of fiction and your own story. It's more I recreate atmospheres and moods through songs.
[ Always Atmospheres Fiction Mixture Moods More Own Recreate Songs Story Through Your]
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Albert Finney - Sometimes you're trapped in writing songs and you don't have enough distance from what you do anymore and you need the talent and the years of other people to come and jump in.
[ Anymore Come Distance Enough Jump Need Other Sometimes Songs Talent Trapped Writing Years]
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Gerald Finzi - When you write songs, you can't really point out the exact thing you're inspired by. It's more a state or a mood or an atmosphere that you're trying to put into words.
[ Atmosphere Exact Inspired Into Mood More Out Point Put Really Songs State Thing Trying Words Write]
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Miles Franklin - For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
[ Any Centuries Circles Commonplace Literary Looked Lyrics Melodic Passed Setting Several Song Text]
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Ace Frehley - While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
[ Called Distaste Far Great Had Modern Music Poetry Really Song Speech Think Usually While]
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Lady Gaga - I know what my job is: I write the songs, I sing them, I play them on the piano.
[ Job Know Piano Play Sing Songs Them Write]
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Antonio Gala - I wanted to write a happy song. I didn't know how.
[ Happy How Know Song Wanted Write]
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Galileo Galilei - I'm not used to not having enough time to live with the songs. Usually, if I write something, I live with it for a little while.
[ Enough Having Little Live Something Songs Time Used Usually While Write]
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Kirk Gibson - After that I didn't listen to music as much because '70s music just wasn't... I remember all the songs, but it wasn't because I was into them, you know what I mean?
[ After Because Into Just Know Listen Mean Much Music Remember Songs Them]
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Andre Gide - I had to be at least 8 or 9; I was listening to everything on the radio. You name it, I heard every song.
[ Every Everything Had Heard Least Listening Name Radio Song]
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Ryan Giggs - I would have to work on the song and figure out how they wanted the song done, because they're such high-intensity songs. We figure that out first, then I go back and listen to it and go over and rehearse stuff with it and try to get a feel for the words.
[ Back Because Done Feel Figure First Get Go How Listen Out Over Rehearse Song Songs Stuff Such Then Try Wanted Words Work Would]
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Cass Gilbert - If it were bad songs, yeah, I'd speak up, but they're not bad songs.
[ Bad Songs Speak Up Were Yeah]
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Jonathan Gilbert - Sometimes I'll sing the same verse through the entire song, because the other verses aren't clicking. And when they do come to me, I'm in the middle of that same verse!
[ Because Clicking Come Entire Middle Other Same Sing Sometimes Song Through Verse Verses]
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L. Wolfe Gilbert - That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass, and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together - for me to play bass and for him to play guitar.
[ After Bass Behind Guitar Him Learning More Neat Play Reasoning Songs Then Together]
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Emm Gryner - My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room, and I just started writing my songs.
[ Bought Front Just Mother Piano Put Room Songs Started Writing]
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John Guare - One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion.
[ Dancing Definitely Enjoyed Gig Him Lovely Mandela Nelson Occasion Played Really Song Them Tribute Up Would]
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Giovanni Guareschi - Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.
[ Day Good Know Right Song Written]
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Luis Gutierrez - I don't want to live in an ivory tower, being the songwriter who just turns inward.
[ Being Inward Ivory Just Live Songwriter Tower Turns Want]
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Bridget Hall - All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
[ Folk Heard Horse Music Never Sing Song]
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Tonya Harding - This is my seventh decade... and every once in a while I get a hankering to re-visit these songs again... songs with which I have had a great relationship.
[ Again Decade Every Get Great Had Hankering Once Relationship Seventh Songs These Which While]
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Edward W. Howe - United Artists wanted to do records with me. I had no idea, what a rare thing that was... to make an album. And they put a guy with me working on songs, and I got busy with films. I just kind of let it slide. Isn't that amazing?
[ Album Amazing Artists Busy Films Got Guy Had Idea Just Kind Make Put Rare Records Slide Songs Thing United Wanted Working]
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Ron Jaworski - I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.
[ Best Birds Could Day Gave Habits Listening Never Our Peculiar Songs Their Them Up Watching Way]
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Ramman Kenoun - Kids know me from their Grease DVD, so they instantly respond. You can hear a pin drop when I do my old songs.
[ Drop Dvd Grease Hear Instantly Kids Know Old Pin Respond Songs Their]
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William Kent - They look for the top note to end every song. They don't know what they are singing about. There is no style.
[ End Every Know Look Note Singing Song Style Top]
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B. B. King - Artists don't always know. Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit. I was wrong every time!
[ Almost Always Artists Ever Every Hit Know Majors Picked Recorded Song Think Time Would Wrong]
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Michael King - Most musicians count at the beginning, and never count and talk to their musicians after that. They only talk to them at the end of the song. But I would count with them and talk.
[ After Beginning Count End Most Musicians Never Only Song Talk Their Them Would]
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Lincoln Kirstein - Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
[ Challenge Dream Enjoy Game Life Love Meet Offer Play Realize Sacrifice Sing Song]
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Allen Klein - You must pass your days in song. Let your whole life be a song.
[ Days Life Must Pass Song Whole Your]
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Ricki Lake - Every single band in the world has these gigantic songs that people are obsessed with.
[ Band Every Gigantic Obsessed Single Songs These World]
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Frank Lampard - So, it ended up being what you have there, seven songs brand new and ten live songs which is a good mix.
[ Being Brand Ended Good Live Mix New Seven Songs Ten Up Which]
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Elsa Lanchester - To think that when they come out with these gigantic songs, it's pretty tough to top them, you know.
[ Come Gigantic Know Out Pretty Songs Them These Think Top Tough]
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Letitia Landon - I recorded the song live in front of an orchestra, and yes, I was very moved, I was in tears.
[ Front Live Moved Orchestra Recorded Song Tears Very Yes]
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Angela Lansbury - I listened to it last night for the first time since we started this project. I went out to my car and put it in and went to an empty parking lot and just listened and read the little pamphlet that came with it. After two or three songs I burst into tears.
[ After Burst Came Car Empty First Into Just Last Listened Little Lot Night Out Pamphlet Parking Project Put Read Since Songs Started Tears Three Time Two Went]
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Meyer Lansky - My songs are like cheap Neil Young copies.
[ Cheap Copies Neil Songs Young]
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Anthony LaPaglia - Those two songs condense the two albums. They also show what the audiences wanted. I was desperate to keep the band together and find something that the public would like.
[ Albums Also Audiences Band Condense Desperate Find Keep Public Show Something Songs Those Together Two Wanted Would]
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Ring Lardner - When you play all that as a body of work there are four great songs, four mediocre songs and four bad songs. I didn't know it at the time; I was just doing my best.
[ Bad Best Body Doing Four Great Just Know Mediocre Play Songs Time Work]
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David Lehman - I've made three studio albums and one live one with my brother. It's melodic singer-songwriter acoustic-rock music.
[ Albums Brother Live Made Melodic Music Singer-Songwriter Studio Three]
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Adriana Lima - It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
[ Any Been Come Crawled Down Good Just Much Nothing Out Page Seems Sleeve Songs Them Those Words Writing]
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Seth Lloyd - I like duos with percussionists. I like the songs that percussionists sing.
[ Sing Songs]
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Ken MacLeod - It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe, that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars... knowing that the composer was from a distant place and the songs were written eons ago, which now fall gently on this place for all to hear.
[ Ago Brief Composer Distant During Fall Gently Hear Hearing Hope Joy Knowing May Music Now Passage Place Share Songs Stars Through Universe Were Which Written]
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Nicholas Negroponte - But there's actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm, use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song.
[ Actually Bands Changes Different Go Lot Norm Odd Out Punk Signatures Song Tempo Time Use]
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Marianne E. Neifert - I learned the songs and played the gigs, and then they called me about a month later. They told me they were like super stoked on me and asked me to join their band.
[ Asked Band Called Gigs Join Later Learned Month Played Songs Super Their Then Told Were]
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Robert Nelson - We just wanted to write a bunch of songs that we thought were good songs.
[ Bunch Good Just Songs Thought Wanted Were Write]
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Russell M. Nelson - We just wrote songs that seemed good to us. We wrote the album in like two weeks. We could have had more time, but we accomplished what we needed to in the two weeks.
[ Accomplished Album Could Good Had Just More Needed Seemed Songs Time Two Us Weeks Wrote]
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Willie Nelson - We were concerned with having good songs, not just songs that go two hundred miles per hour.
[ Concerned Go Good Having Hour Hundred Just Miles Per Songs Two Were]
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Michael Ondaatje - I like songs that are simple.
[ Simple Songs]
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Yoko Ono - I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people.
[ Far Good Kind Maybe Meaning More Reach Song Than Think]
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Ouida - I'm very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I'm singing.
[ Church Feel Grew Sing Singing Song Soulful Up Very]
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Charles Stewart Parnell - I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth.
[ Barry Coming Dumb Favorite His Into Looks Mirror Mouth Out Playing Song Stuff Voice White]
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Charles W. Pickering - The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini. When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris. He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
[ Also Beautiful Composing French Living Paris Peer Some Songs Stopped Wrote]
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George Ripley - I aim my arrangements at what will fit and colorfully frame the song in the best way possible.
[ Aim Arrangements Best Fit Frame Possible Song Way Will]
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Scott Ritter - Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
[ Any Becomes Challenge Hit Imagination Ingenuity Made Musicians Originally Other Performers Popular Regardless Song]
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Christina G. Rossetti - I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
[ Boy Came Could Culture Dancing Different Exactly Few Fourteen Love More Music Name Now Old Out Part Really Say Songs Summer Than Think Thought Used Way Went Years]
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Georges Rouault - At the close of the day when the hamlet is still, and mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove, when naught but the torrent is heard on the hill, and naught but the nightingale's song in the grove.
[ Close Day Forgetfulness Grove Hamlet Heard Hill Mortals Naught Prove Song Still Sweets Torrent]
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Eriq La Salle - There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name, by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them. It gave publishers license to get a little greedy.
[ Abused Bad Entire Gave Get Greedy Hit Just License Little Lot Name Over Publishers Rapping Really Sampling Songs Taking Them]
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Walter Salles - There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums. There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to Sea Change that's never been released.
[ Albums Been Between Change Done Evolution Heard Never Nobody Released Sea Songs Vultures Whole]
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Titus Salt - We play a hip-hop song and suddenly 25 people on the left jump up and put their hands in the air; then you play Lost Cause and they're like, I don't know about this one.
[ Air Cause Hands Hip-Hop Jump Know Left Lost Play Put Song Suddenly Their Then Up]
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Gus Van Sant - I don't care about the rules. In fact, if I don't break the rules at least 10 times in every song then I'm not doing my job properly.
[ Break Care Doing Every Fact Job Least Properly Rules Song Then Times]
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Campbell Scott - I think if you're writing from the heart, very often, the subject matter will adjust as you age... but you try to write the best song you can possibly write. For us, we have the same basic elements that make up the America sound.
[ Adjust Age America Basic Best Elements Heart Make Matter Often Possibly Same Song Sound Subject Think Try Up Us Very Will Write Writing]
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Gene Scott - It's not a bad problem to have because a lot of classic acts are known for one or two songs and in their show they basically hold those songs off until the end and you sit through an hour or so of lesser known material but in our case most of the songs are well known.
[ Acts Bad Basically Because Case Classic End Hold Hour Known Lesser Lot Material Most Off Our Problem Show Sit Songs Their Those Through Two Until Well]
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Joe Simon - You can cage the singer but not the song.
[ Cage Singer Song]
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William E. Simon - DUST includes rarities, demos, unreleased songs and instrumentals, live recordings, and more.
[ Demos Dust Includes Live More Recordings Songs Unreleased]
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John A. Simone, Sr. - For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting, I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant sound an appropriate place to live.
[ After Appropriate Developing Elephant Example Gave Live Place Similar Song Sound Talk Which Wrote]
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Nina Simone - I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs.
[ Age Because Borrowed Guitar Myself Play Songs Taught Wanted Write]
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Jeff Smith - Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming... So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it.
[ Bit Busy Complete Dreaming First Growing Kinds Listening Memphis Music Set Song Then Times Up Whole Wrote]
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Kim Smith - The first song that I wrote was when I was with The Del Rios. I was like 14 years old but I was always putting my thoughts down on paper even before then because it was like an escape - a way of unleashing all the stuff.
[ Always Because Before Del Down Escape Even First Old Paper Putting Song Stuff Then Thoughts Way Wrote Years]
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Solon - It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
[ Best Make Second Sing Songs Them Trades]
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Ninette de Valois - We'll only be playing four new songs live, but all the material for the next album is basically finished.
[ Album Basically Finished Four Live Material New Next Only Playing Songs]
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Mamie Van Doren - We're playing the same songs, the same way, that we have for years.
[ Playing Same Songs Way Years]
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Cyrus Vance - What you hear about the band is always going to be more disturbing than any particular song.
[ Always Any Band Disturbing Going Hear More Particular Song Than]
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Jim Varney - Listen kid, take my advice, never hate a song that has sold half a million copies.
[ Advice Copies Half Hate Kid Listen Million Never Sold Song Take]
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Stuart Varney - Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies.
[ Copies Half Hate Million Never Sold Song]
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John C. White - I always imagine later on these songs I could've played with a band, but it never worked out that way.
[ Always Band Could Imagine Later Never Out Played Songs These Way Worked]
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Pearl White - It's just a bunch of songs. I'm not trying to cure any major disease.
[ Any Bunch Cure Disease Just Major Songs Trying]
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Ryan White - Obviously the biggest change is that it's me by myself. When you don't have another band interpreting your songs or playing them the way that they have, it's bound to sound different.
[ Another Band Biggest Bound Change Different Interpreting Myself Obviously Playing Songs Sound Them Way Your]
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T. H. White - There's two facets to writing a song. There's you sitting in your room writing the sentiments of the song; the lyrics, the melody and the changes, and then there's the part where you go into the studio and you put clothing on it.
[ Changes Clothing Facets Go Into Lyrics Melody Part Put Room Sentiments Sitting Song Studio Then Two Where Writing Your]
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Dar Williams - I didn't really start writing music or lyrics or turning them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
[ Francisco Into Lyrics Music Really San Songs Start Them Turning Until Went Writing]
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Lucinda Williams - This is my home. Home is where the disease is. As long as I stay in America, I'll never run out of subjects for songs.
[ America Disease Home Long Never Out Run Songs Stay Subjects Where]
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Dwight York - I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
[ Better Claim Culture Cultures Jewish Make Neighbor Other Song Superior Than]
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Shigeru Yoshida - In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
[ Art Battles Cares Comes Down Event Fought History Language Lost Much Painting Play Poem Song Speaks Them Unless Were Won World]
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Cy Young - Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
[ Cared Deeply Life Peoples Rights Songs Throughout]
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- For a person as obsessed with music as I am, I always hear a song in the back of my head, all the time, and that usually is my own tune. I've done that all my life.
[ Always Am Back Done Head Hear Life Music Obsessed Own Person Song Time Tune Usually]
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- I love being a very personal singer-songwriter, but I also like being a scientist or explorer.
[ Also Being Explorer Love Personal Scientist Singer-Songwriter Very]
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- The reason I do interviews is because I'm protecting my songs.
[ Because Interviews Protecting Reason Songs]
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- I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven't been explained in song.
[ Been Captured Christmas Explained Feel Haven Intend Keep Lot More Old-Time Song Songs Still Traditions Writing]
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- Bob Dylan is quite a songwriter, and a great singer and musician. I won't bother with comparing myself to him, but I will say that I heard his records at a very young age and I still listen to all his records.
[ Age Bob Bother Comparing Dylan Great Heard Him His Listen Musician Myself Quite Records Say Singer Songwriter Still Very Will Won Young]
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- We are not a Zappa cover band. We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex.
[ Band Complex Cover Frank Invention Lot Mothers Only Play Recorded Songs Think Those Were Zappa]
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- When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction. I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.
[ Construction Damn Fast Give Just Loud Make Much Noise Play Possible Song Wanted]
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- I always figured it was best if I write my songs, take them to my publisher and just lay back. There used to be so many things going on - getting to the artist, getting to the publishers - you know, politics. I just didn't want to get mixed up in all of that.
[ Always Artist Back Best Figured Get Getting Going Just Know Lay Many Mixed Politics Publisher Publishers Songs Take Them Things Up Used Want Write]
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- I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I've turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it's time to get back at work.
[ Around Back Behind Fame Get Good Got Hall Happened Look Many Myself Nothing Pencil Put Said Since Songwriters Think Time Took Turned Work Years]
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- I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like.
[ Fame Great Hall Kind Music Nashville Put Really Songwriters Town]
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- I'd hate to be a songwriter starting a career today.
[ Career Hate Songwriter Starting Today]
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- When I was young, I just sat down and started playing Chopsticks at the piano. I got so far and then lost interest. Eventually, I regained it and started writing songs.
[ Down Eventually Far Got Interest Just Lost Piano Playing Regained Sat Songs Started Then Writing Young]
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- The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city.
[ Because City Descriptions Everybody Grandmother Identified Intellectual Life Mother Professional Songs Student Unemployed Were Worker]
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- What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
[ Bought Buy Children Dance Experience Hath His House Man Men Price Song Street Wife Wisdom]
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- I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.
[ Any Fear Fed Jewish Losing More Our Sad Sentimentality Sickened Side Songs Suffering Timidity Up Want Weakness]
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- It's taken a long time but eventually when I had the songs in place and demos right and I found myself a manager, that's when everything started happening quickly but I think that's always the way it is.
[ Always Demos Eventually Everything Found Had Happening Long Manager Myself Place Quickly Right Songs Started Taken Think Time Way]
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- Because, in opera, I have to sing for people that are very far from me, instead of, when I sing a song, I try to imagine to sing like in an ear of a child.
[ Because Child Ear Far Imagine Instead Opera Sing Song Try Very]
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- I suppose any note, no matter how sour, sounds like a song if you hold onto it long enough.
[ Any Enough Hold How Long Matter Note Onto Song Sounds Sour Suppose]
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- I've written more songs for this record than I ever have in the past so I'm trying to give it a lot of special attention to be sure my ideas really get translated right.
[ Attention Ever Get Give Ideas Lot More Past Really Record Right Songs Special Sure Than Translated Trying Written]
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- One of the things that I think is such a constant in country music is that the song is so much a story. I believe it is supposed to be based around a story.
[ Around Based Believe Constant Country Much Music Song Story Such Supposed Things Think]
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- Considering the amount of information we're bombarded by, it's amazing if a song can transcend time.
[ Amazing Amount Bombarded Considering Information Song Time Transcend]
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- I kept looking to do songs that were written years ago and would live or outlive all of us, and the one thing they had in common was Sinatra.
[ Ago Common Had Kept Live Looking Outlive Sinatra Songs Thing Us Were Would Written Years]
Topic:
- I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.
[ Express How Love Myself Second Singing Songwriting]
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- One song will launch you, but you don't want to be a one-song artist.
[ Artist Launch Song Want Will]
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- Someone told me there was a publisher that could find a good home for my songs, but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career in the business as an artist.
[ Artist Business Career Could Find Give Good Home Publisher Pursuit Someone Songs Told Up Want]
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- The whole industry evolves around a great song.
[ Around Evolves Great Industry Song Whole]
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- When you have great songs that are going to live longer than the composers, everything you can do to bring those different elements and nuances out, serve the song.
[ Bring Composers Different Elements Everything Going Great Live Longer Nuances Out Serve Song Songs Than Those]
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- Whoever best serves the song is going to be served by the song.
[ Best Going Served Serves Song Whoever]
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- We had offers to go everywhere and we could have done them. But what would have been the point? We were tired. We had worked hard and needed a break before we got stale. We spent six months at home and writing songs.
[ Been Before Break Could Done Everywhere Go Got Had Hard Home Months Needed Offers Point Six Songs Spent Stale Them Tired Were Worked Would Writing]
Topic:
- What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
[ Age Between Closed Digital Doing Dreaming Excited Gap Laptop Make Need Needed Now Personally Producer Record See Song Studio Turns Used Wanted]
Topic:
- People have said to me, You can't write songs. You can't play an instrument. But I've got 10 gold records.
[ Gold Got Instrument Play Records Said Songs Write]
Topic:
- What is qualified? What have I been qualified for in my life? I haven't been qualified to be a mayor. I'm not qualified to be a songwriter. I'm not qualified to be a TV producer. I'm not qualified to be a successful businessman. And so, I don't know what qualified means.
[ Been Businessman Haven Know Life Mayor Means Producer Qualified Songwriter Successful Tv]
Topic:
- Frankly, I mean, sometimes the interpretations I've seen on some of the songs that I've written are a lot more interesting than the input that I put in.
[ Frankly Input Interesting Interpretations Lot Mean More Put Seen Some Sometimes Songs Than Written]
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- However, there's no theme or concept behind Heathen, just a number of songs but somehow there is a thread that runs through it that is quite as strong as any of my thematic type albums.
[ Albums Any Behind Concept Heathen However Just Number Quite Runs Somehow Songs Strong Thematic Theme Thread Through Type]
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- Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.
[ Really Some Songs Strangely Want Write]
Topic:
- But, in the end, even a song that's as politically bland as Blowin in the Wind, you probably wouldn't get up and sing that now, whereas some of Bob Dylan's love songs that were contemporary with that, like say Girl from the North Country, you can still get up an play now.
[ Bland Bob Contemporary Country Dylan End Even Get Girl Love North Now Play Politically Probably Say Sing Some Song Songs Still Up Were Whereas Wind]
Topic:
- I've had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return.
[ During Falklands First Got Gulf Had Island Letters Listening Return Saying Soldiers Songs These War Were Written]
Topic:
- My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter. I'm an honest songwriter.
[ Honest Political Songwriter Theory]
Topic:
- So, in some ways, the political songs tend to be a bit more like reportage, whereas the love songs tend to be like novels, you can pick them up off the shelf and go into them any time.
[ Any Bit Go Into Love More Novels Off Pick Political Shelf Some Songs Tend Them Time Up Ways Whereas]
Topic:
- There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn't seem to come with them.
[ Bedroom Come Few Honest Honesty Once Out Own Personality Quite Reason Relationships Seem Some Songwriters Step Their Them Traits Writing]
Topic:
- I put myself into character for my songs.
[ Character Into Myself Put Songs]
Topic:
- I know for works for me - those wonderful sad love songs.
[ Know Love Sad Songs Those Wonderful Works]
Topic:
- We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David.
[ Bible David Gather Prayer Reading Singing Songs]
Topic:
- A lot of the songs start with an image. I was sitting there playing the guitar and I pictured this old, dirty green car, with the window rolled down, in the hot, hot, hot Texas heat, and this beautiful woman I knew when I was a kid sitting behind the wheel, looking out at me.
[ Beautiful Behind Car Dirty Down Green Guitar Heat Hot Image Kid Knew Looking Lot Old Out Pictured Playing Rolled Sitting Songs Start Texas Wheel Window Woman]
Topic:
- But when it came to jamming and writing songs like we used to, we realized Brandon was a huge spirit in the band. Who knew? It was just something we had to learn.
[ Band Came Had Huge Jamming Just Knew Learn Realized Something Songs Spirit Used Writing]
Topic:
- My son writes songs and plays. He sings like an angel.
[ Angel Plays Sings Son Songs Writes]
Topic:
- No matter how famous and established they were or however blessed they were with great songs or long careers, if they lived alone, they lived alone. That's not the way I wanted to live prior to the tour or after.
[ After Alone Blessed Careers Established Famous Great How However Live Lived Long Matter Prior Songs Tour Wanted Way Were]
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- We didn't rehearse or play the songs to death before we recorded them, and that let us catch a freshness and energy level we've never really felt while making records.
[ Before Catch Death Energy Felt Freshness Level Making Never Play Really Recorded Records Rehearse Songs Them Us While]
Topic:
- And when I've been away from my family and friends, I have felt good hearing some of those old songs.
[ Away Been Family Felt Friends Good Hearing Old Some Songs Those]
Topic:
- While I'm playing baseball, I'm still writing songs and having tapes sent to me. I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time in the whirlpool resting these tired bones, so I'll be thinking of music then.
[ Baseball Bones Having Lot Music Playing Resting Sent Songs Spend Still Sure Tapes Then These Thinking Time Tired While Writing]
Topic:
- The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.
[ Air Always Angels Breaks Burden Burns Care Christmas Earth Fair Full Grown Heart Jewel Music Old Song Soul Sung Young]
Topic:
- I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em.
[ Em Folk Guess Heard Horse Never Sing Songs]
Topic:
- Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.
[ Bad Being Die Everything Free Good Having Illusion Laughing Nothing Out Perfectly Silence Since Song Turns]
Topic:
- Girls are losing their virginity at 15, 16. I'm not promoting that. But my songs are talking... about me becoming a man.
[ Becoming Girls Losing Man Promoting Songs Talking Their Virginity]
Topic:
- I'm 18 in this album. I'm not losing fans, and I'm not disrepecting women, but you reach the maturity of taking it to the next level with a girl. It was only necessary for me to have at least one song like that.
[ Album Fans Girl Least Level Losing Maturity Necessary Next Only Reach Song Taking Women]
Topic:
- With the song 'This Christmas' I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they'll be like 'OK, he did his thing with that record.' It's like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.
[ Age Amazing Appeal Artist Bring Christmas Demographic Did Different Everybody Flavor Hear His Just Kind Mean Ok Over Record Something Song Thing Wanted Younger]
Topic:
- Certain songs by hearing the rhythm, it tells you that is either a love song or you might be heartbroken or the songs give you the vibes and you just know that certain songs are militant that you have to write.
[ Certain Either Give Hearing Heartbroken Just Know Love Might Militant Rhythm Song Songs Tells Vibes Write]
Topic:
- You always will be singing a song or humming a line or a melody.
[ Always Humming Line Melody Singing Song Will]
Topic:
- You just went right in and just recorded songs and listened them, and if there were any mistakes, then we would correct them and just went on... one take or two take.
[ Any Correct Just Listened Mistakes Recorded Right Songs Take Them Then Two Went Were Would]
Topic:
- I will have a song that I'm in love with for a couple of months and then I'll go to something else. That's just constantly changing. And sometimes I will go back to old one that I haven't heard for a long time.
[ Back Changing Constantly Couple Else Go Haven Heard Just Long Love Months Old Something Sometimes Song Then Time Will]
Topic:
- If you are speaking about my own songs, I would think so because we were talking about that particular era and I was singing one of my songs that I recorded 50 years ago.
[ Ago Because Era Own Particular Recorded Singing Songs Speaking Talking Think Were Would Years]
Topic:
- There was a time we decided that it was songs that were done especially from my background because of the things we were dealing with, but nowadays, anybody who has a need, and can find the need, they can sing the blues.
[ Anybody Background Because Blues Dealing Decided Done Especially Find Need Nowadays Sing Songs Things Time Were]
Topic:
- I think people are sick and tired of all the abuse songs, and drug addiction, we want to bring to world a big fat smile.
[ Abuse Addiction Big Bring Fat Sick Smile Songs Think Tired Want World]
Topic:
- I actually write film music because I'm classically trained on the piano so as well as songwriting I also write actual film music that could be used for movies like war movies and love movies.
[ Actual Actually Also Because Classically Could Film Love Movies Music Piano Songwriting Trained Used War Well Write]
Topic:
- I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire. He was in the sauna in a house that burned down, so he had no idea anything was going on. It was very sad.
[ Anything Burned Dancer Died Down Fire Friend Going Had House Idea Mine Sad Song Very Wrote]
Topic:
- I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a song that really says how I feel, what I believe - and it even explains the world to myself better than I knew it.
[ Believe Better Even Explains Favorite Feel How Knew Myself Really Say Says Song Than Thing World Writing]
Topic:
- I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing - an extra verse about a friend, or just add some verse - and that led to writing my own songs.
[ Add Extra Friend Just Learned Led Many Own Sing Some Songs Verse Verses Writing Written]
Topic:
- So what I do, more than play any instrument - I mean, I love to play - but more than that, I write songs. Songs that are about living, about what it's like to be going through all the things that people go through in life.
[ Any Go Going Instrument Life Living Love Mean More Play Songs Than Things Through Write]
Topic:
- That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.
[ Because Business Every Folk Get Gets Learning Led Lucrative Making Most Music Out Paid Part Play Played Song Things Time Turns Up Writing]
Topic:
- The biggest influence? I've had several at different times - but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs.
[ Along Biggest Bob Came Changed Different Dylan Guy Had Influence Just Meant Rules Several Songs Thirteen Times Twelve Write]
Topic:
- That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!
[ Careless Could Each Fine First Lest Never Over Rapture Recapture Should Sings Song Think Thrush Twice Wise]
Topic:
- I have to choose songs that represent my personality.
[ Choose Personality Represent Songs]
Topic:
- I love Mary Chapin Carpenter songs. I love her songs 'Come On, Come On' and 'I Am A Town', they're two of my favorite songs.
[ Am Carpenter Come Favorite Her Love Mary Songs Town Two]
Topic:
- T Bone is genius. The way they've recorded my voice and the instrumentation to these songs is really quite extraordinary.
[ Bone Extraordinary Genius Instrumentation Quite Really Recorded Songs These Voice Way]
Topic:
- Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience.
[ Ago Audience Concert Instinct Into Pace Pacing Performance Pleasing Reading Song Story Taught Translates Years]
Topic:
- The stores and the things like that, the business side of things came out at the point when, I'd say probably in the early '70s, it looked like the year of the singer-songwriter was over, 'cause music changed in our time and the spotlight was out.
[ Business Came Cause Changed Early Looked Music Our Out Over Point Probably Say Side Singer-Songwriter Spotlight Stores Things Time Year]
Topic:
- There's something missing in the music industry today... and it's music. Songs you hear don't last, it's just product fed to you by the industry.
[ Fed Hear Industry Just Last Missing Music Product Something Songs Today]
Topic:
- But my point is these Civil War songs were gruesome. The hatred that's so bad in this country today, and for the past 10 or 15 years, bad as it is, is nothing compared to the kind of things people would write down and sing back in the Civil War.
[ Back Bad Civil Compared Country Down Gruesome Hatred Kind Nothing Past Point Sing Songs These Things Today War Were Would Write Years]
Topic:
- I want to write songs and play them for people - live.
[ Live Play Songs Them Want Write]
Topic:
- I think probably the only thing that is around in these songs is that I was really lonely when I wrote a lot of them. But it was really by my own choosing because I was devoting myself to songwriting and dancing and I wasn't really going out and seeing people.
[ Around Because Choosing Dancing Devoting Going Lonely Lot Myself Only Out Own Probably Really Seeing Songs Songwriting Them These Thing Think Wrote]
Topic:
- However long the song is was how long it took us to write it.
[ How However Long Song Took Us Write]
Topic:
- Ozzy wanted to get us back together. It's been 20 years. We did a couple of songs during his farewell in 1992 and that got the ball rolling.
[ Back Ball Been Couple Did During Farewell Get Got His Ozzy Rolling Songs Together Us Wanted Years]
Topic:
- Toward the later days of Sabbath, instead of going in and knocking out what songs we did in rehearsal, we would polish them to death.
[ Days Death Did Going Instead Knocking Later Out Polish Rehearsal Sabbath Songs Them Toward Would]
Topic:
- That jam was so much fun that by the end of the tour, we just jammed on all of the songs.
[ End Fun Jam Jammed Just Much Songs Tour]
Topic:
- We would play, then they would play a set, then we would jam on the last song.
[ Jam Last Play Set Song Then Would]
Topic:
- What is that song that Willie Nelson sang? 'Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.' I think of that. No big deal. I've reached a stage in my life where I am content.
[ Am Big Content Days Deal Down Few Life Nelson Oh Precious Reached Sang Song Stage Think Where Willie]
Topic:
- Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
[ Fools Satire Song Theme]
Topic:
- The popular song is America's greatest ambassador.
[ Ambassador America Greatest Popular Song]
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- That's what my life is, writing songs.
[ Life Songs Writing]
Topic:
- I cannot sing the old songs now! It is not that I deem them low, 'Tis that I can't remember how They go.
[ Cannot Deem Go How Low Now Old Remember Sing Songs Them Tis]
Topic:
- Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one.
[ Able Also Been Feel First Hear Hit Hits Meaning Played Potential Said Some Song Tell Time Way]
Topic:
- Being a songwriter, singer, and a great part of a unit is more important than being Joe Guitar Hero.
[ Being Great Guitar Hero Important Joe More Part Singer Songwriter Than Unit]
Topic:
- It's fun having songs about parties and gigolos, but I really wanted to use my music as a form of art. Art is supposed to spark conversation and make people think, and I wanted to do that with this song.
[ Art Conversation Form Fun Having Make Music Parties Really Song Songs Spark Supposed Think Use Wanted]
Topic:
- But then you have to write a song, so at that point, I picked up the reins and started to write lyrics.
[ Lyrics Picked Point Reins Song Started Then Up Write]
Topic:
- I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now?
[ Asleep Finished Half Head Idea Into Little Living Lying Lyric Morning Now Piano Room Song Steve Then Up Upright Went Where Woke Wonder Writing]
Topic:
- Mr. Fantasy was the only song that was scribbling on a piece of paper.
[ Fantasy Mr Only Paper Piece Scribbling Song]
Topic:
- But when you hear the complete album, it gets dark, really straight-up rock, with some really intimate moments with just me and the piano. It's not completely me because there are parts of me that aren't on that song, that are on the album.
[ Album Because Complete Completely Dark Gets Hear Intimate Just Moments Parts Piano Really Rock Some Song]
Topic:
- I had no album title, and the album is like a journey in that it's a complete body of work. It's not just a couple of catchy songs and filler, so I felt that I needed to capture the essence of the album.
[ Album Body Capture Catchy Complete Couple Essence Felt Filler Had Journey Just Needed Songs Title Work]
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- If Mozart were around now he would write a killer rock song.
[ Around Killer Mozart Now Rock Song Were Would Write]
Topic:
- My songs are a direct route into my brain and my heart.
[ Brain Direct Heart Into Route Songs]
Topic:
- Now, performing is second nature and I love every second of it. It is a very emotional thing when I can't play a song; maybe I'm hitting on something that I don't want to deal with. All of it is so personal. It is like therapy.
[ Deal Emotional Every Hitting Love Maybe Nature Now Performing Personal Play Second Something Song Therapy Thing Very Want]
Topic:
- I'm singing the music publisher's theme song - it ain't a commercial.
[ Commercial Music Publisher Singing Song Theme]
Topic:
- Dreamland is a book, but it's my song in book form. It's translated itself into a different medium.
[ Book Different Form Into Itself Medium Song Translated]
Topic:
- I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world.
[ Airwaves Anywhere Authentic Except Feel Felt Having Myself Never Presenting Pressure Self Sense Songs Sort Them Thing Things True Wanted Way World]
Topic:
- It's a marvelous feeling when someone says 'I want to do this song of yours' because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
[ After Because Connected Feeling Marvelous Says Someone Song Want Yours]
Topic:
- You know, that single girl life and that sense of isolation - that doesn't leave you just like that. And that's what that song is about. I remember that, and that is imprinted on me, that sense.
[ Girl Imprinted Isolation Just Know Leave Life Remember Sense Single Song]
Topic:
- I think the themes in my songs are very similar from the first album to the newest one. It's all about the human condition and how we are all trying to learn to live with each other and survive love and life.
[ Album Condition Each First How Human Learn Life Live Love Newest Other Similar Songs Survive Themes Think Trying Very]
Topic:
- I'm sure every song has some kind of undertone of what I was going through with Chris. It was my life.
[ Chris Every Going Kind Life Some Song Sure Through Undertone]
Topic:
- The songs come from a vulnerable place, but expressing that part of yourself can also make you feel fearless.
[ Also Come Expressing Fearless Feel Make Part Place Songs Vulnerable Yourself]
Topic:
- The songs certainly have not made my fortune, but I am still grateful for the royalties when they come in.
[ Am Certainly Come Fortune Grateful Made Royalties Songs Still]
Topic:
- I start a lot more songs than I finish, because I realize when I get into them, they're no good. I don't throw them away, I just put them away, store them, get them out of sight.
[ Away Because Finish Get Good Into Just Lot More Out Put Realize Sight Songs Start Store Than Them Throw]
Topic:
- When I record somebody else's song, I have to make it my own or it doesn't feel right. I'll say to myself, I wrote this and he doesn't know it!
[ Else Feel Know Make Myself Own Record Right Say Somebody Song Wrote]
Topic:
- I had all the material for a long time, but I was just too busy. Sometimes we'd sit around at home and sing some of these songs at family things, and everyone always said I should record them.
[ Always Around Busy Everyone Family Had Home Just Long Material Record Said Should Sing Sit Some Sometimes Songs Them These Things Time Too]
Topic:
- This is the bunch of songs I did first, and it's just the type of thing I do. I am a Carter Family girl, so the record is book-ended with Carter Family songs.
[ Am Bunch Carter Did Family First Girl Just Record Songs Thing Type]
Topic:
- I found it was really impossible for me to write songs when I couldn't sing.
[ Found Impossible Really Sing Songs Write]
Topic:
- When my dad died a lot of songs came, and they're still coming.
[ Came Coming Dad Died Lot Songs Still]
Topic:
- There are no rules to writing a song.
[ Rules Song Writing]
Topic:
- I write a lot, and very often I write a couple of lines that are particularly revealing in some kind of way. And then as a few more lines get added and a piece gets added, eventually the song pretty much takes over and you can't really find a way to change those things.
[ Added Change Couple Eventually Few Find Get Gets Kind Lines Lot More Much Often Over Particularly Piece Pretty Really Revealing Some Song Takes Then Things Those Very Way Write]
Topic:
- There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them.
[ Because Bridges Building Died Folk Peasants Songs Them]
Topic:
- The thing I try to do the most is to play in terms of the song and play in terms of what I'm hearing.
[ Hearing Most Play Song Terms Thing Try]
Topic:
- My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between.
[ Between Everyone Guthrie Heroes Musical Old Pete Real Sang Songs Woody Wrote Young]
Topic:
- Then on to all the terrific american songwriters, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon. Whoever wrote and sang in the song form I have appreciated.
[ Alley American Appreciated Beatles Bob Dylan Form Pan Paul Sang Simon Song Songwriters Terrific Then Tin Whoever Wrote]
Topic:
- There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me want to run home to be with my wife.
[ Cheating Good Home Make Nothing Run Song Want Wife]
Topic: Marriage
- Everyone is looking for connections between the songs. I don't usually approach a record as a concept. There's no overriding theme I'm trying to represent. It's all about the individual songs.
[ Approach Between Concept Connections Everyone Individual Looking Overriding Record Represent Songs Theme Trying Usually]
Topic:
- I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!
[ Big Death Feel Lot Questions Recurring References See Some Songs Symbolic Themes Things Together Too Weather]
Topic:
- My older sister encouraged me from early on and bought me one of the first guitars I had. She listened to all of the crappy songs that I wrote when I was 8 years old and encouraged me to keep doing it.
[ Bought Crappy Doing Early Encouraged First Guitars Had Keep Listened Old Older She Sister Songs Wrote Years]
Topic:
- Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.
[ Control Creating Feel Feels Mysterious Nothing Process Really Something Songwriting Very]
Topic:
- The songs are not necessarily autobiographical. A lot of songs are a combination of influences. It might be some part of my life, or something I've felt, or something somebody's told me. It all comes together.
[ Autobiographical Combination Comes Felt Influences Life Lot Might Necessarily Part Some Somebody Something Songs Together Told]
Topic:
- My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
[ Became Big Declaring Georgia Here Lynch Man Really Song State Suddenly Thing Touched Touching Used Version]
Topic:
- I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
[ Freddie Growing His Incredible Into Listening Melodies Mercury Queen Songs Those Threw Up]
Topic: Music
- There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you.
[ Back Know Nothing Singing Song]
Topic:
- When I was singing Jamie's Cryin', people were going out of their mind because it was the first time they got to see Eddie, Michael and Alex play those songs. That was a thrill.
[ Alex Because Eddie First Going Got Jamie Michael Mind Out Play See Singing Songs Their Those Thrill Time Were]
Topic:
- You can tell the difference between songs that were created in a garage and songs that were created in the studio.
[ Between Created Difference Garage Songs Studio Tell Were]
Topic:
- First and foremost, I consider myself a songwriter.
[ Consider First Foremost Myself Songwriter]
Topic:
- Social topics may hit too close to home for people, but then again, if you pull a heartstring, then that's what country music is. It's not just songs about getting drunk and leaving your girl.
[ Again Close Country Drunk Getting Girl Hit Home Just Leaving May Music Pull Social Songs Then Too Topics Your]
Topic:
- They would wake me up when I was sleeping, and say sing a song for our friends. I had a sweet voice, I had a nice little tenor voice. God knows what I sang, but my whole family would admire me.
[ Admire Family Friends God Had Knows Little Nice Our Sang Say Sing Sleeping Song Sweet Tenor Up Voice Wake Whole Would]
Topic:
- I never thought of myself as being a good songwriter. There are a ton of other people that are good songwriters, but I don't think I'm in the club. What I do well is perform, sometimes sing pretty good, and accompany myself well and arrange fairly well.
[ Accompany Arrange Being Club Fairly Good Myself Never Other Perform Pretty Sing Sometimes Songwriter Songwriters Think Thought Ton Well]
Topic:
- If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.
[ Any Anything Coming Conviction Decent Done Expression Feels Genuinely Good How Out Person Song Spirit Then Writing Your]
Topic:
- The actual writing of a song usually comes in the form of a realisation. I can't contrive a song.
[ Actual Comes Contrive Form Realisation Song Usually Writing]
Topic:
- I have no reason to sit home and write songs all day without going out and playing for the folks. And I have no reason to go play for the folks unless I'm writing new songs so they can sort of feed off one another. And I just try to do the best I can.
[ Another Best Day Feed Folks Go Going Home Just New Off Out Play Playing Reason Sit Songs Sort Try Unless Without Write Writing]
Topic:
- There aren't any rules, as far as anything-and that applies especially to writing songs, whatever gets the point across. So you're just kind of brought up to feel-in any field, if you say you can do it, do it. There it is.
[ Across Any Applies Brought Especially Far Field Gets Just Kind Point Rules Say Songs Up Whatever Writing]
Topic:
- In some ways, I've always approached singing as acting, and the voice is just like a way of carrying the song.
[ Acting Always Approached Carrying Just Singing Some Song Voice Way Ways]
Topic:
- Artists who write songs... what they're going through usually comes through in their music.
[ Artists Comes Going Music Songs Their Through Usually Write]
Topic:
- That's a song about reaching deep inside yourself where you can completely be who you are.
[ Completely Deep Inside Reaching Song Where Yourself]
Topic:
- After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
[ After Catchy Doing Harmonic Instrumental Just Melody Music Nice Opportunity Over Play Simple Solo Song Still Structure Years]
Topic:
- I started writing songs at age 15.
[ Age Songs Started Writing]
Topic:
- I'm a lover of songs.
[ Lover Songs]
Topic:
- As a horn player, the greatest compliment one can get is when a person comes to you and says, 'I heard this saxophone on the radio the other day and I knew it was you. I don't know the song, but I know it was you on sax.'
[ Comes Compliment Day Get Greatest Heard Horn Knew Know Other Person Player Radio Sax Saxophone Says Song]
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- I have gotten more than I asked for. All that I ever wanted was to hear my voice on record and have a song among the Top 20.
[ Among Asked Ever Gotten Hear More Record Song Than Top Voice Wanted]
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- I recorded a song called, I Fall to Pieces, and I was in a car wreck. Now I'm worried because I have a brand-new record, and it's called Crazy!
[ Because Brand-New Called Car Crazy Fall Now Pieces Record Recorded Song Worried Wreck]
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- As a songwriter, if you can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then you've done your job.
[ Alone Done Feel Job Less Little Make Songwriter Them Then Touch World Your]
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- I think if you're a good songwriter, that's what you are first - not a star or celebrity.
[ Celebrity First Good Songwriter Star Think]
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- I did a lot of writing for a lot of different kinds of bands that I was in and out of during those five years and that left me with a little body of songs that I liked better when I played alone, so I ended up going out solo and very soon made my first album.
[ Album Alone Bands Better Body Did Different During Ended First Five Going Kinds Left Liked Little Lot Made Out Played Solo Songs Soon Those Up Very Writing Years]
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- I wanted to play rock and roll when I started playing. Nobody at that time ever thought about songwriting. You sang songs, that's all. You sang other people's songs. That's all there were.
[ Ever Nobody Other Play Playing Rock Roll Sang Songs Songwriting Started Thought Time Wanted Were]
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- The things in my songs are the edited highlights of my life. I don't go seeking out strange sexual experiences every day of the week.
[ Day Edited Every Experiences Go Highlights Life Out Seeking Sexual Songs Strange Things Week]
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- For me, the focus are songs, which really get the audience moving.
[ Audience Focus Get Moving Really Songs Which]
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- I love songs that have a rocking and grooving feeling.
[ Feeling Grooving Love Rocking Songs]
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- I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.
[ Able Before Both Charles Get Old Ray Song Too Would]
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- Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda... my set list is basically like my hits, there is a good reason why they are there; people really like them.
[ Basically Good Hits Kinda List Once Really Reason Set Some Songs Them While Why]
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- Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing.
[ Developed Get Known Never Over Singing Songs Stable Tired Well Which Years]
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- Yeah, one of the main ways is for songs that make me want to move.
[ Main Make Move Songs Want Ways Yeah]
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- I've written songs about things that nobody else has ever written about.
[ Else Ever Nobody Songs Things Written]
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- There aren't reasons why you like this song or this piece of music, or don't like it. It's just, it's either right or wrong, you know?
[ Either Just Know Music Piece Reasons Right Song Why Wrong]
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- I want to be as honest as I can about the things I've been through - the sorrows and joys, victories and defeats - and to use those experiences as a well to draw from. Hopefully, the songs that result from that kind of writing will be songs that mean something to others.
[ Been Defeats Draw Experiences Honest Hopefully Joys Kind Mean Others Result Something Songs Sorrows Things Those Through Use Victories Want Well Will Writing]
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- It's great to hear from people who have been touched by these songs. It has been good to know that the Lord is using this in ways I am not even aware of.
[ Am Aware Been Even Good Great Hear Know Lord Songs These Touched Using Ways]
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- Since I was the solo artist as well as the writer for the songs, I figured I had enough credits on it already.
[ Already Artist Credits Enough Figured Had Since Solo Songs Well Writer]
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- The big thing that everyone forgets, you're famous and on TV and everything, but I think there's something very rewarding to be able to write a song, record it, and have it turn out as you heard it in your head, or even better.
[ Able Better Big Even Everyone Everything Famous Forgets Head Heard Out Record Rewarding Something Song Thing Think Turn Tv Very Write Your]
Topic:
- I don't dream songs. I'm more apt to write dreams down and then to be able to interpret them into a song. I also tend to get up and write prose in the morning from which will come songs.
[ Able Also Apt Come Down Dream Dreams Get Interpret Into More Morning Prose Song Songs Tend Them Then Up Which Will Write]
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- I don't know where my songs come from... If I knew, I'd know too much, more than we are allowed on this plane.
[ Allowed Come Knew Know More Much Plane Songs Than Too Where]
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- I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart.
[ Believe Come Deep Down Expose Feelings Get Good Heart Poetry Songs Suppose Surface Think Unless Write Writing Your Yourself]
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- I may like the Blizzard best, of all the songs I have written.
[ Best Blizzard May Songs Written]
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- If I give myself a chore, for instance, when I was writing the songs for Shameless, I said to myself, Now, every day for 90 days you have to write a song; good, bad or indifferent. So that was really helpful.
[ Bad Chore Day Days Every Give Good Helpful Indifferent Instance Myself Now Really Said Shameless Song Songs Write Writing]
Topic:
- Music is always occurring. It is just a matter of marketing, attention, and many other factors, that determines whether people will hear these songs or not.
[ Always Attention Determines Factors Hear Just Many Marketing Matter Music Occurring Other Songs These Whether Will]
Topic:
- I'm writing new songs for a Broadway version of Tarzan, which is very interesting. I think what I learned from the Brother Bear score side of things, I've brought into the new Tarzan songs. Thinking outside just guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.
[ Bass Bear Broadway Brother Brought Drums Guitar Interesting Into Just Keyboards Learned New Outside Score Side Songs Tarzan Things Think Thinking Version Very Which Writing]
Topic:
- You know, a song is like a kid. You bring it up. And sometimes something you thought was going to be fantastic, by the time it's finished, is a bit of a disappointment.
[ Bit Bring Disappointment Fantastic Finished Going Kid Know Something Sometimes Song Thought Time Up]
Topic:
- I have yet to have a successful outcome of sitting in a room with someone and trying to write a song. The way that I generally co-write is that someone else writes the music or part of the music.
[ Else Generally Music Outcome Part Room Sitting Someone Song Successful Trying Way Write Writes Yet]
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- I think the thing that has made it possible for me to write personal songs and sing them year after year is the sensibility for good writing. Just opening your veins all over the paper is not necessarily going to be interesting. I wanted to speak to people.
[ After Going Good Interesting Just Made Necessarily Opening Over Paper Personal Possible Sensibility Sing Songs Speak Them Thing Think Veins Wanted Write Writing Year Your]
Topic:
- For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
[ Accomplice Been Celebrations Certain Friendly Human Love Man Most Natures Never Object Professed Prose Restlessness Said Sea Shore Song]
Topic:
- History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
[ Art Away Bird Call Destroyed Gone History Itself Never Out Passed Repeats Reproduced Song Special Utterly Which Wild World]
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- I like Fisher Price music, nursery rhymes, and the alphabet song.
[ Alphabet Fisher Music Nursery Price Rhymes Song]
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- I was kind of known as a ballad singer. People would send ballads. Some of them would go over my shoulder and float off the top of my head, and I just didn't feel anything. Then I would hear a song that would absolutely shake me.
[ Absolutely Anything Ballad Ballads Feel Float Go Head Hear Just Kind Known Off Over Send Shake Shoulder Singer Some Song Them Then Top Would]
Topic:
- My grandmother passed at 104. She sang and wrote songs until she passed.
[ Grandmother Passed Sang She Songs Until Wrote]
Topic:
- Universal was absolutely marvelous about sitting down with me and listening to my input. It wasn't something where they chose a bunch of songs that were best sellers. They did a marvelous job on the packaging. It's a beautiful tribute.
[ Absolutely Beautiful Best Bunch Chose Did Down Input Job Listening Marvelous Packaging Sellers Sitting Something Songs Tribute Universal Were Where]
Topic:
- When I sang that song, I felt it was almost as if some force had moved into my body. Things like that have only happened to me singing jazz. It doesn't happen when singing pop. I get so deeply into the music, it feels like I've become someone else.
[ Almost Become Body Deeply Else Feels Felt Force Get Had Happen Happened Into Jazz Moved Music Only Pop Sang Singing Some Someone Song Things]
Topic:
- It's a big flash of all these things and whatever you take out of that statement's one statement, one mind, one statement, one act, one show, and all the songs are one.
[ Act Big Flash Mind Out Show Songs Statement Take These Things Whatever]
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- It's great when you play to an audience that knows the words to all your songs, and sings them back to you.
[ Audience Back Great Knows Play Sings Songs Them Words Your]
Topic:
- A lot of the songs are written on piano or guitar, so I contribute, and I have done so since the beginning. So it's been good to be involved completely musically as well.
[ Been Beginning Completely Contribute Done Good Guitar Involved Lot Musically Piano Since Songs Well Written]
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- We play our Irish songs a bit more loosely.
[ Bit Irish Loosely More Our Play Songs]
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- Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock'n'roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And I've done lots of different things, as you know, but every so often I get drawn back.
[ Back Different Done Drawn Early Every Get Got Know Known Lots Melodic Obviously Often Other Pop Rock Roll Some Songs Them Things Those Were]
Topic:
- You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that opportunity came this summer, when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York... three nights.
[ Came Centre Composer Face Fact Festival Invited Lincoln New Nights Opportunity Perform Reputation Songwriter Summer Three York]
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- Not necessarily, a lot of my songs are firmly tongue in cheek.
[ Cheek Firmly Lot Necessarily Songs Tongue]
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- The only one I really like is a song called Saccharine.
[ Called Only Really Song]
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- With Whitesnake it would have been inappropriate for me to have played Deep Purple songs, although I did at the beginning because I didn't have enough Whitesnake songs.
[ Although Because Been Beginning Deep Did Enough Inappropriate Played Purple Songs Would]
Topic:
- You know, all my songs are relatives, brothers, sisters, cousins.
[ Brothers Cousins Know Relatives Sisters Songs]
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- Both songs are really, really intense when it comes to performing them, and very draining at the same time.
[ Both Comes Draining Intense Performing Really Same Songs Them Time Very]
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- I always thought that it was every performer's dream. That's the epitome of being an artist, being able to express song, dance and acting in a live theatre setting and really connecting with an audience on that level.
[ Able Acting Always Artist Audience Being Connecting Dance Dream Epitome Every Express Level Live Performer Really Setting Song Theatre Thought]
Topic:
- I have two favorite songs. My first is called 'Dance of The Robe' and it's a very powerful number where she is feeling the pressure from her people to take on the responsibility of leading them.
[ Called Dance Favorite Feeling First Her Leading Number Powerful Pressure Responsibility Robe She Songs Take Them Two Very Where]
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- I think differently, I think it's about reaching everybody on every different plane and every different level, and if I could remix the song and do a dance remix, that's great. If I could do a classical version, that'll be great too. It's all just about expression.
[ Classical Could Dance Different Differently Every Everybody Expression Great Just Level Plane Reaching Remix Song Think Too Version]
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- I think it's his perception of knowing how to make a record build, keeping the integrity of the song in the music and really adding a lot of musical elements to compliment my voice and to compliment the song.
[ Adding Build Compliment Elements His How Integrity Keeping Knowing Lot Make Music Musical Perception Really Record Song Think Voice]
Topic:
- I've done that I was touring a couple of years ago with R. Kelly and the Lillith Fair, I would do the late night underground gigs as well because it's always around those times that there was a hot song, either on the radio or in the clubs, it would just be simultaneous.
[ Ago Always Around Because Clubs Couple Done Either Fair Gigs Hot Just Kelly Late Night Radio Simultaneous Song Those Times Touring Underground Well Would Years]
Topic:
- My opinion is that music is music. As long as you approach doing a remix with truth, I don't see the dance remixes being any different than an hip-hop remix- it's really a different version of the song.
[ Any Approach Being Dance Different Doing Hip-Hop Long Music Opinion Really Remix Remixes See Song Than Truth Version]
Topic:
- The opportunity to record the song came when Phil Collins' record label, Atlantic, was doing a tribute album to him and they asked all these different artists to do renditions of his songs.
[ Album Artists Asked Atlantic Came Collins Different Doing Him His Label Opportunity Phil Record Song Songs These Tribute]
Topic:
- The record was only released in the UK, and then when the idea for the remixed album came about, which was an idea that I've had for the longest time, I said this would be great song to remix as well, and so we did it.
[ Album Came Did Great Had Idea Longest Only Record Released Remix Remixed Said Song Then Time Uk Well Which Would]
Topic:
- The second song is called 'Easy As Life,' which really describes the complete conflict of the whole story, her struggle of being in love with the enemy and also being in love with her people.
[ Also Being Called Complete Conflict Describes Easy Enemy Her Life Love Really Second Song Story Struggle Which Whole]
Topic:
- The song came out to be a gem, just came out to be a really, really interesting rendition of it.
[ Came Gem Interesting Just Out Really Rendition Song]
Topic:
- We've never performed the song live outside of recording it in the studio. That was a dream come true because Whitney, she's an icon and she's been one of my main mentors in this business.
[ Because Been Business Come Dream Icon Live Main Mentors Never Outside Performed Recording She Song Studio True Whitney]
Topic:
- When I first heard that song, it was a ballad but it had a lot more. It felt like a gospel song when I first heard it and it just moved me.
[ Ballad Felt First Gospel Had Heard Just Lot More Moved Song]
Topic:
- I found out a long time ago that if I didn't have a good story for a song, I could just make one up! Now it seems over half the stories in my show are made up. The funny thing is, those seem to be the ones that resonate the most with the audiences.
[ Ago Audiences Could Found Funny Good Half Just Long Made Make Most Now Ones Out Over Resonate Seem Seems Show Song Stories Story Thing Those Time Up]
Topic:
- Even in the beginning, when we knew there was a legal argument about how much our song sounds like his song, as one songwriter to another, I wasn't sure that Cat Stevens would take that as bad.
[ Another Argument Bad Beginning Cat Even His How Knew Legal Much Our Song Songwriter Sounds Stevens Sure Take Would]
Topic:
- If you have a song that you think sounds like another song you should contact the publishing company and say I have a song here, let's cut a deal that lets everyone walk away feeling good.
[ Another Away Company Contact Cut Deal Everyone Feeling Good Here Lets Publishing Say Should Song Sounds Think Walk]
Topic:
- Sometimes the song title comes with the songs, other times you just sorta make something up afterwards.
[ Afterwards Comes Just Make Other Something Sometimes Song Songs Sorta Times Title Up]
Topic:
- There is a lot of melody and things that sound familiar in hundreds of songs.
[ Familiar Hundreds Lot Melody Songs Sound Things]
Topic:
- When we went to cover it I thought we would change it to a song of loving and longing instead of the sex machine song Kylie turned it into. I've met Kylie and told her we were covering her song and she was pleased.
[ Change Cover Covering Her Instead Into Kylie Longing Loving Machine Met Pleased Sex She Song Thought Told Turned Went Were Would]
Topic:
- Normally when we go in and write the songs we write, we think about doing a cover, but never a covers record. That would be, for us, a concept. We don't want to have a concept!
[ Concept Cover Covers Doing Go Never Normally Record Songs Think Us Want Would Write]
Topic:
- My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it.
[ Actor Affinity Being Business Father Felt Folk Great Know Later More Movie Music Myself Singing Songs Started Than Then Thought Would Write]
Topic:
- The people who run record companies now wouldn't know a song if it flew up their nose and died. They haven't a clue, and they don't care. You tell them that, and they go, Yeah? So, your point is?
[ Care Clue Companies Died Flew Go Haven Know Nose Now Point Record Run Song Tell Their Them Up Yeah Your]
Topic:
- I've never really had anybody close to me die. I think the song is about a feeling that I have that, it still applies. It's a feeling of longing, once again.
[ Again Anybody Applies Close Die Feeling Had Longing Never Once Really Song Still Think]
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- Just having the pain of being alive without anything else, whether it's good or bad. There's a lot of serious songs on the record, you know. That song is just about feeling like a fish out of water, feeling like you don't belong on the planet sometimes.
[ Alive Anything Bad Being Belong Else Feeling Fish Good Having Just Know Lot Out Pain Planet Record Serious Sometimes Song Songs Water Whether Without]
Topic:
- So I think it was a good thing It was a little surreal watching Leo scream 'I'm not going to die today!' with our music playing - that was the last thing on my mind when I wrote the song.
[ Die Going Good Last Leo Little Mind Music Our Playing Scream Song Surreal Thing Think Today Watching Wrote]
Topic:
- Sometimes you sing songs about the way you want to feel more than the way you actually do feel.
[ Actually Feel More Sing Sometimes Songs Than Want Way]
Topic:
- You can lose people without them dying, and I have, from moving, from traveling. The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death. I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life.
[ Actually Death Disappeared Dying Emotion Just Know Life Longing Lose Moving Real Singing Somebody Song Them Traveling Without Your]
Topic:
- I think MTV put a huge dent in the songwriting craft.
[ Craft Dent Huge Mtv Put Songwriting Think]
Topic:
- If you can't play it on an acoustic guitar or a grand piano then it's not a song.
[ Acoustic Grand Guitar Piano Play Song Then]
Topic:
- A song that sounds simple is just not that easy to write. One of the objectives of this record was to try and write melodies that continue to resonate.
[ Continue Easy Just Melodies Objectives Record Resonate Simple Song Sounds Try Write]
Topic:
- Beck said he didn't believe in the theory of a song coming through you as if you were an open vessel. I agree with him to a certain extent.
[ Agree Beck Believe Certain Coming Extent Him Open Said Song Theory Through Vessel Were]
Topic:
- I don't set goals for myself too much, but I'm always trying to write that one great song.
[ Always Goals Great Much Myself Set Song Too Trying Write]
Topic:
- I have been around for a long, long time. I didn't make it 'til I was older. I went through the period when women were not getting signed, particularly if you were writing songs that were lyrically propelled.
[ Around Been Getting Long Lyrically Make Older Particularly Period Propelled Signed Songs Through Til Time Went Were Women Writing]
Topic:
- I have yet to write that one song that defines my career.
[ Career Defines Song Write Yet]
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- The bands that wrote the big, heroic rock songs - I really wanted to make a record like that.
[ Bands Big Heroic Make Really Record Rock Songs Wanted Wrote]
Topic:
- The video forum for me has been a source of great consternation because once you start projecting a look to a song, it robs the listener of their ability to adopt that song and make the lyric their own.
[ Ability Adopt Because Been Forum Great Listener Look Lyric Make Once Own Projecting Robs Song Source Start Their Video]
Topic:
- When you tune your guitar in a different way, it lends itself to a new way of looking at your songwriting.
[ Different Guitar Itself Lends Looking New Songwriting Tune Way Your]
Topic:
- Great music is its own movie, already. And the challenge, as a music fan, is to keep the song as powerful as it wants to be, to not tamper with it and to somehow give it a home.
[ Already Challenge Fan Give Great Home Keep Movie Music Own Powerful Somehow Song Wants]
Topic:
- Yeah, I came in at the end of the Notorious album, played on about five tracks and then we went on a tour. Then we did another album, Big Thing, and then we started writing songs together in 1989.
[ Album Another Big Came Did End Five Notorious Played Songs Started Then Thing Together Tour Tracks Went Writing Yeah]
Topic:
- When you do have songs where you're going to say something, some kind of statement about cultural or social stuff, that in general people love it. People love to be challenged in that way.
[ Challenged Cultural General Going Kind Love Say Social Some Something Songs Statement Stuff Way Where]
Topic:
- I'd stop in the middle of a gun fight and sing a song.
[ Fight Gun Middle Sing Song Stop]
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- Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.
[ Able Am Opera Out Paint Sing Singer Song]
Topic:
- People try to keep their past, like kind of holding on to their past. Every Springsteen song talks about that.
[ Every Holding Keep Kind Past Song Springsteen Talks Their Try]
Topic:
- The people at the record company had asked me if I could write a song about my life, my relationship with God, and where I'm from. Well, I can't write a song on purpose, my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation.
[ Asked Come Company Could Desperation God Had Inspiration Life Moment Purpose Record Relationship Song Songs Well Where Write]
Topic:
- I have four shelves covered with journals that I've written. Dad and I are writing songs together. I've probably written 100 songs.
[ Covered Dad Four Journals Probably Shelves Songs Together Writing Written]
Topic:
- As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
[ Beat Boyfriend Country Girlfriend Had Heart Her Kid Little Music Sing Songs Then These Things Up Used Your]
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- Every song is like a painting.
[ Every Painting Song]
Topic:
- I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
[ Also Always Because Cowboy Guitar Hank Listened Neat Romantic Sing Singer Songs These Wanted Williams Would]
Topic:
- I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
[ Explaining Put Sheet Songs Wanted]
Topic:
- Some guys record an album with songs that are filler. I recorded this album like it was my last.
[ Album Filler Guys Last Record Recorded Some Songs]
Topic:
- When I was nine, we'd take a bus to the seaside. Coming back, we'd take turns entertaining, singing songs and the like. I tried some stand-up comedy. I had a captive audience in that bus. Then I realized I wanted to do more than that.
[ Audience Back Bus Captive Comedy Coming Entertaining Had More Nine Realized Singing Some Songs Stand-Up Take Than Then Tried Turns Wanted]
Topic:
- I love Sell Out, I think it's great. I love the jingles. The whole thing as an album is a wonderful piece of work. The cover. Everything about it. It's got humor, great songs, irony.
[ Album Cover Everything Got Great Humor Irony Love Out Piece Sell Songs Thing Think Whole Wonderful Work]
Topic:
- For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano, and I never really played them again.
[ Again Learned Never Piano Play Played Really Ripley Some Songs Them]
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- The little song and dance number at the end - that's me, my voice, howling out. It was a new experience for me. I've never sung before and I've certainly never sung on screen. I think I sung on stage when I was 13 and for some reason nobody's asked me to try it again since.
[ Again Asked Before Certainly Dance End Experience Howling Little Never New Nobody Number Out Reason Screen Since Some Song Stage Sung Think Try Voice]
Topic:
- I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory. I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me. That's how I write songs. I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it, the right rhyme and everything.
[ Books Decent Down Everything Experiences Find Go How Line Memory Need Occur Phrases Rhyme Right Songs Through Tons Very Which Write]
Topic:
- The best songs I write in 20 minutes.
[ Best Minutes Songs Write]
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- When I write a song, it's all about the riff - the riff first, then the words come later.
[ Come First Later Riff Song Then Words Write]
Topic:
- I think I was perceived in one fashion. A video is based on a song. I think you can get glimpses of people's presence within that. There's some people you enjoy watching more than others.
[ Based Enjoy Fashion Get Glimpses More Others Perceived Presence Some Song Than Think Video Watching Within]
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- Singing and being truthful to a song... I've developed that skill, and I know how to do that real instinctively, that's all I've been doing for the last 25 years.
[ Been Being Developed Doing How Instinctively Know Last Real Singing Skill Song Truthful Years]
Topic:
- My next project will be a Christian album, another one. I wrote the songs for the ones you're referring to, but I want to do some of my old gospel favorites. That's what my next album's going to be.
[ Album Another Christian Favorites Going Gospel Next Old Ones Project Referring Some Songs Want Will Wrote]
Topic:
- You put a song on the record or on tape and you stop singing it. You just don't sit around and sing it anymore unless you're performing. That's kind of sad.
[ Anymore Around Just Kind Performing Put Record Sad Sing Singing Sit Song Stop Tape Unless]
Topic:
- But when you get to a song, not only do you have to do a vocal melody, you have to write words and not be redundant and make some semblance of a story.
[ Get Make Melody Only Redundant Semblance Some Song Story Vocal Words Write]
Topic:
- So writing a song is much harder than doing a classical piece for me, because in a classical piece, I can just let the mood dictate what's going to happen.
[ Because Classical Dictate Doing Going Happen Harder Just Mood Much Piece Song Than Writing]
Topic:
- Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing, O Beloved, in the season of the Spring!
[ Beloved Grecian Honey Season Sing Song Spring Sweet Sweetest Will]
Topic:
- It's not just a revue where one song is done, then another. There are concepts and ideas at work.
[ Another Concepts Done Ideas Just Song Then Where Work]
Topic:
- I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears or inspiration. Otherwise, why should I do it?
[ Approach Audience Every Inspiration Know Laughter Live Make Move Must Otherwise Performances Should Simple Sing Song Story Surprised Tears Tell Why]
Topic:
- I don't like people telling me what to do, or trying to MAKE me write songs.
[ Make Songs Telling Trying Write]
Topic:
- I think that songwriting changed when groups started spending more time in the studio.
[ Changed Groups More Songwriting Spending Started Studio Think Time]
Topic:
- I've written so many songs about Englishmen, I have to go elsewhere.
[ Elsewhere Englishmen Go Many Songs Written]
Topic:
- When I wrote the song, I had the sea near Bombay in mind. We stayed at a hotel by the sea, and the fishermen come up at five in the morning and they were all chanting. And we went on the beach and we got chased by a mad dog - big as a donkey.
[ Beach Big Bombay Chanting Chased Come Dog Donkey Fishermen Five Got Had Hotel Mad Mind Morning Near Sea Song Stayed Up Went Were Wrote]
Topic:
- A song is the most intangible thing in the world.
[ Intangible Most Song Thing World]
Topic:
- The kids out there want something they can relate to, something that's real; most of that whiny stuff isn't real. The cheesy pop songs just bore me to death.
[ Bore Cheesy Death Just Kids Most Out Pop Real Relate Something Songs Stuff Want]
Topic:
- Don't Cry Daddy is a pretty sad song. He got to the end of it and it was just real quiet and Elvis says, I'm gonna cut that someday for my daddy. And, by God, he did. He lived up to his word.
[ Cry Cut Daddy Did Elvis End God Gonna Got His Just Lived Pretty Quiet Real Sad Says Someday Song Up Word]
Topic:
- I had always wanted to write a song called, The Vicious Circle. I always thought it was like, the kids are born there, they grow up there, they die there.
[ Always Born Called Circle Die Grow Had Kids Song Thought Up Vicious Wanted Write]
Topic:
- I met the Colonel when Elvis was recording some song I'd written for one of his movies. Elvis was just having fun with the gang and all the Memphis boys and Colonel Parker was sitting over here in like a theater seat.
[ Boys Colonel Elvis Fun Gang Having Here His Just Memphis Met Movies Over Parker Recording Seat Sitting Some Song Theater Written]
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- One of my real goals was to hear someone whistling a song I'd written.
[ Goals Hear Real Someone Song Whistling Written]
Topic:
- There was a chance for me to write one song for the section where Elvis sat in his black leather outfit and sang the old hits. At eight oclock the next morning I had written Memories.
[ Black Chance Eight Elvis Had His Hits Leather Memories Morning Next Old Outfit Sang Sat Section Song Where Write Written]
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- I don't have many easy songs.
[ Easy Many Songs]
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- I went along and basically learned a few of the songs they were doing at the time, which were quite a few of the songs we ended up doing on our first album.
[ Album Along Basically Doing Ended Few First Learned Our Quite Songs Time Up Went Were Which]
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- Our albums just tend to be collections of songs really, because we all write in the group, all four of us.
[ Albums Because Collections Four Group Just Our Really Songs Tend Us Write]
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- I could tell it was a popular move as a writer to walk down the bass lines while you were writing a song.
[ Bass Could Down Lines Move Popular Song Tell Walk Were While Writer Writing]
Topic:
- I like to write songs about what's happening, what I see around me and what I hear. Everyday life. Someone may be talking to me and I may take it from that.
[ Around Everyday Happening Hear Life May See Someone Songs Take Talking Write]
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- Recently, I've been working on anew album of material, which should be out in the new Millennium. I'm not sure which song will be put out as a single, but I'm still hoping to get another record in the charts.
[ Album Anew Another Been Charts Get Hoping Material Millennium New Out Put Recently Record Should Single Song Still Sure Which Will Working]
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- I feel like my music is just an extension of my acting. I treat the songs like scenes that tell a story... it's very similar. My favorite thing is when cartoon fans show up to my live gigs! They are always the most kick-butt audience members 'cause they're not trying to act all cool like a lot of the music fans do! It's refreshing!!
[ Act Acting Always Audience Cartoon Cause Cool Extension Fans Favorite Feel Gigs Just Live Lot Members Most Music Refreshing Scenes Show Similar Songs Story Tell Thing Treat Trying Up Very]
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- Somehow, it seems that the sadder a song is, the happier I feel. The release of emotions that many would label as "negative" is actually a liberating process for me.
[ Actually Emotions Feel Happier Label Liberating Many Negative Process Release Sadder Seems Somehow Song Would]
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- Once at the White House I was asked to conduct the Drum and Bugle Corp. The man just handed me the baton and I finished the song. It was great. I got to keep the baton.
[ Asked Baton Bugle Conduct Corp Drum Finished Got Great Handed House Just Keep Man Once Song White]
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- We have the capacity to receive messages from the stars and the songs of the night winds.
[ Capacity Messages Night Receive Songs Stars Winds]
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- We must begin to make what I call "conscious choices," and to really recognize that we are the same. It's from that place in my heart that I write my songs.
[ Begin Call Choices Conscious Heart Make Must Place Really Recognize Same Songs Write]
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- For me, I go in and play a few Christian songs for an audience, and now I have people come up and not tell me I'm great, but tell me that my music is helping save their lives, helping them in the Lord, and helping them end their vices.
[ Audience Christian Come End Few Go Great Helping Lives Lord Music Now Play Save Songs Tell Their Them Up Vices]
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- We played all of the songs on the first Johnny Winter AND every day before we recorded them, so that when we got in the studio, it was totally easy, as we knew exactly what we wanted to do.
[ Before Day Easy Every Exactly First Got Johnny Knew Played Recorded Songs Studio Them Totally Wanted Winter]
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- I mean, I can sit down with a guitar, and in fact, we do two, three songs with just guitar and percussion.
[ Down Fact Guitar Just Mean Percussion Sit Songs Three Two]
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- No, I got my web site going and said I have the record out. People were just falling on the floor - they couldn't believe it - after all that time. You know, it wasn't a compilation, it was new songs.
[ After Believe Compilation Falling Floor Going Got Just Know New Out Record Said Site Songs Time Web Were]
Topic:
- There are some good songs, but not the kind of song-writing that I remember, that I like. Springsteen still does it. Paul Simon, and there are also good writers, but that doesn't dominate the charts.
[ Also Charts Does Dominate Good Kind Paul Remember Simon Some Songs Springsteen Still Writers]
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- Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
[ Day Documentary Eventually Experimenting Hope Idea Into Launched Light Lyrics Now Play Right Song These Will Writing]
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- Because my musical training has been limited, I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.
[ Because Been Call Limited Might Musical Musicians Never Restricted Song Technical Training]
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- Chelsea Morning is a great Joni Mitchell song and I guess I'm partial to her lyrics because they show me a slightly different perspective on life.
[ Because Chelsea Different Great Guess Her Joni Life Lyrics Mitchell Morning Partial Perspective Show Slightly Song]
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- If it can affect me, if it has meaning to me, if I feel I can do it well, I will do it and record it and thats why I recorded these songs.
[ Affect Feel Meaning Record Recorded Songs Thats These Well Why Will]
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- Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest.
[ Easiest Hardest Part Performing Songwriting]
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- Song Sung Blue took a lot of compressing and refining, and it has one of my favorite lyrics.
[ Blue Favorite Lot Lyrics Refining Song Sung Took]
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- Songs are life in 80 words or less.
[ Less Life Songs Words]
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- Songwriting is different from music, although I don't deny now that it would be nice to have a little more background in music theory.
[ Although Background Deny Different Little More Music Nice Now Songwriting Theory Would]
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- The main objective in any song, the songs that I write, has always been that it reflect the way I feel, that it touch me when I'm finished with it, that it moves me, that it can take me along with it and involve me in what its saying.
[ Along Always Any Been Feel Finished Involve Main Moves Objective Reflect Saying Song Songs Take Touch Way Write]
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- When I write with Maiden, then I write only with the guys in Maiden, we don't do songs from outside people.
[ Guys Maiden Only Outside Songs Then Write]
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- If you only do little clusters - three or four songs by one, and another, and then yet another - you lose the opportunity to think your way into the composer's mind, since, after all, most of these pieces are quite brief.
[ After Another Brief Clusters Composer Four Into Little Lose Mind Most Only Opportunity Pieces Quite Since Songs Then These Think Three Way Yet Your]
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- Rather, I believe that it is very good, if, with the aid of his songs, we can be reminded, among other things, of the social conditions under which Schubert had to work.
[ Aid Among Believe Conditions Good Had His Other Rather Reminded Schubert Social Songs Things Under Very Which Work]
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- My songs are just little letters to me.
[ Just Letters Little Songs]
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- The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.
[ Blues Expressed Facts Feeling Inspiration Life Song True Understanding Words]
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- So I'll set a cycle in motion and pop it into record and I'll lay down a drum pattern, a bass line, a keyboard and guitar part, and once the groove is going I launch into the song and sing my song over the top.
[ Bass Cycle Down Drum Going Groove Guitar Into Keyboard Launch Lay Line Motion Once Over Part Pattern Pop Record Set Sing Song Top]
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- But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
[ Art Connection Finished Poetry Song Use Words]
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- I don't think Ed Sullivan had anything to do with Carib Song.
[ Anything Ed Had Song Sullivan Think]
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- They keep the song as street as it needs to be. It's got a good catchy hook where it can do what it needs to do on the radio, but they keep the song street where it will keep credibility in the hood.
[ Catchy Credibility Good Got Hood Hook Keep Needs Radio Song Street Where Will]
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- We played a gig and we had a song that was offensive to people of the Jewish persuasion, and we led off with it, and they were offended by it, and that was that.
[ Gig Had Jewish Led Off Offended Offensive Persuasion Played Song Were]
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- All my songs are where I am.
[ Am Songs Where]
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- For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic.
[ Breathing Fantastic Just Mean Something Songwriting]
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- Truth is, you make albums, and some of those songs are hits, and some of the greatest hits albums have songs that weren't hits. You have a career, the reason why we're still around 10 years is that we do have successful songs.
[ Albums Around Career Greatest Hits Make Reason Some Songs Still Successful Those Truth Weren Why Years]
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- The film is a romance with songs and dances, aimed at a family audience.
[ Aimed Audience Dances Family Film Romance Songs]
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- A song is anything that can walk by itself.
[ Anything Itself Song Walk]
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- I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.
[ Gone Never Political Save Song Songs Through World Written]
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- It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
[ Every Gross How Interesting Little Mean Put Really Song Think Yourself]
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- Sonnets are guys writing in English, imitating an Italian song form. It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
[ Definitely English Form Guys Imitating Italian Often Song Sonnets Sung Writing]
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- Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
[ Best Bob Boots Coffee Cowboy Dylan Say Songwriter Stand Table Van Whole World]
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- Prince used to call me up 3am in the morning and invite me to hear some of his new songs.
[ Call Hear His Invite Morning New Prince Some Songs Up Used]
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- Thus we have at least a national song that unites all Germans, and is the symbol of our sixty-million nation.
[ Germans Least Nation National Our Song Symbol Thus Unites]
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- I think a song that's got something to say. I'm not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don't last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something.
[ Because Been Gimmicks Got Know Last Means Meat Much Never Say Some Something Song Story Tells Think]
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- Let's have the music that will open the door to millions of people... the kind of music that will not make people think only of the song or even of the singer... not music that is confined to the merely personal.
[ Confined Door Even Kind Make Merely Millions Music Only Open Personal Singer Song Think Will]
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- I never considered myself a songwriter, but now since I've been working with Nick Lowe, I am contributing to an extent. But I'm the guitarist and he's not, so we compliment each other in a way.
[ Am Been Compliment Considered Contributing Each Extent Guitarist Lowe Myself Never Nick Now Other Since Songwriter Way Working]
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- I've been doing musical theater since I was a kid. And look for a CD from me in the future. I want to write all the songs!
[ Been Cd Doing Future Kid Look Musical Since Songs Theater Want Write]
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- How do I tell people who I am? Not being a writer, the only way is to sing songs that reflect my opinions.
[ Am Being How Only Opinions Reflect Sing Songs Tell Way Writer]
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- There's so much talk about the drug generation and songs about drugs. That's stupid. They aren't songs about drugs; they're about life.
[ Generation Life Much Songs Stupid Talk]
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- Even Crazy Horses is a good song, by the Osmonds. I've known many bands who have covered that. It's just a great song. I bought it in a brown, paper bag because I didn't want anyone to know I had it.
[ Anyone Bag Bands Because Bought Brown Covered Crazy Even Good Great Had Horses Just Know Known Many Paper Song Want]
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- When we try to write a pop song, we go for standard pop arrangements, even to the point where we will go to the key change at the end, which is really cheesy.
[ Arrangements Change Cheesy End Even Go Key Point Pop Really Song Standard Try Where Which Will Write]
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- If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.
[ Boring Drama Life Negativity Really Something Songs Will]
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- I'm not interested in possible complexities. I regard song structure as a graph paper.
[ Complexities Graph Interested Paper Possible Regard Song Structure]
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- In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format. Tracks were getting longer, or much, much shorter.
[ Away Format Get Getting Longer Much Pop Shorter Song Tracks Trying Were]
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- People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words.
[ Assume Been Case Few Lyrics Meaning Never Remember Song Songs Think Very Vested Where Words]
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- I got a couple on per album but my problem was that I wanted to sing the songs and not let Roger sing them.
[ Album Couple Got Per Problem Roger Sing Songs Them Wanted]
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- The first eight songs we were using someone else's monitors and it is hard to follow the changes when you are jamming if you can't hear those who you are jamming with.
[ Changes Eight Else First Follow Hard Hear Jamming Monitors Someone Songs Those Using Were]
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- I know every note in every song, the whole history of it, even parts that were there and are gone.
[ Even Every Gone History Know Note Parts Song Were Whole]
Topic:
- There is no formula to it. Writing every song is a little journey. The first note has to lift you.
[ Every First Formula Journey Lift Little Note Song Writing]
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- The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs.
[ Conversely Experiences Inspired Just Life More Real-Life Sometimes Songs Than]
Topic:
- Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
[ Bring Cares Clouds Just Sing Song Sunny Together Weather]
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- I like it when songs develop in some way. Four minutes usually isn't enough time for something to develop musically.
[ Develop Enough Four Minutes Musically Some Something Songs Time Usually Way]
Topic:
- So I learnt a few country western songs, I bought a chord book, and right away I started writing my own stuff, which nobody else did that, I don't know why.
[ Away Book Bought Chord Country Did Else Few Know Learnt Nobody Own Right Songs Started Stuff Western Which Why Writing]
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- I just can't seem to write songs about peace and love. Yeah right, how do you get that?
[ Get How Just Love Peace Right Seem Songs Write Yeah]
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- I love to sing old Motown songs to myself, or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. That gets me in the mood for singing.
[ Billie Edith Gets Holiday Love Mood Motown Myself Old Patti Sing Singing Smith Some Songs]
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- There's a lot of rage... you have to express it somehow. If I didn't express it in song, I'd become incredibly violent.
[ Become Express Incredibly Lot Rage Somehow Song Violent]
Topic:
- Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.
[ Bad Come Expect Few Goes Good Maybe Most Out Relationship Songs]
Topic:
- The way I choose to show my feelings is through my songs.
[ Choose Feelings Show Songs Through Way]
Topic:
- But when I started writing songs, I stopped painting completely, and the only art things I do are connected to the career, like album sleeves and, to some extent, posters and things like that.
[ Album Art Career Completely Connected Extent Only Painting Posters Sleeves Some Songs Started Stopped Things Writing]
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- I mean, there are so many of his songs that I like that I could easily do that one day.
[ Could Day Easily His Many Mean Songs]
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- The quality of the writing, really. Simple as that. Beautiful words. It's very nice as a singer to do great songs, which have wonderful lyrics and strong feelings underneath the song.
[ Beautiful Feelings Great Lyrics Nice Quality Really Simple Singer Song Songs Strong Underneath Very Which Wonderful Words Writing]
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- A rhyme doesn't make a song.
[ Make Rhyme Song]
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- A song just doesn't come on. I've always had to tease it out, squeeze it out.
[ Always Come Had Just Out Song Squeeze Tease]
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- A song must move the story ahead. A song must take the place of dialogue. If a song halts the show, pushes it back, stalls it, the audience won't buy it; they'll be unhappy.
[ Ahead Audience Back Buy Dialogue Halts Move Must Place Pushes Show Song Stalls Story Take Unhappy Won]
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- A songwriter should have friends who are similarly interested; should move about in the milieu of work he has chosen for himself.
[ Chosen Friends Himself Interested Milieu Move Should Similarly Songwriter Work]
Topic:
- I do not think men have more talent. There are a great many women in the arts; novelists, painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far lower in the field of song writing.
[ Arts Far Field Great Lower Many Men More Novelists Painters Proportion Sculptors Song Talent Think Women Writing]
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- I don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline, stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
[ Audience Back Care Good Holds How Plot Reject Song Stalls Storyline Will Your]
Topic:
- The songwriter mustn't fall in love with his own song. If it doesn't belong, he can't push it into a show. Let him save it; maybe it'll fit in another show.
[ Another Belong Fall Fit Him His Into Love Maybe Mustn Own Push Save Show Song Songwriter]
Topic:
- There aren't more lady songwriters for the same reason that there aren't more lady doctors or lady accountants or lady lawyers; not enough women have the time for careers.
[ Accountants Careers Doctors Enough Lady Lawyers More Reason Same Songwriters Time Women]
Topic:
- Hollywood and the recording industry argue that current law permits the copying of songs and movies, and sharing them on the Internet. This enables young people to grow up learning how to steal.
[ Argue Copying Current Enables Grow Hollywood How Industry Internet Law Learning Movies Permits Recording Sharing Songs Steal Them Up Young]
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- But actually just yesterday we raised the key of one of my songs two steps up, so my voice is obviously responding. It's a muscle, and the more you use it, the more you use it right, the more you should get out of it. So yes, I sing.
[ Actually Get Just Key More Muscle Obviously Out Raised Responding Right Should Sing Songs Steps Two Up Use Voice Yes Yesterday]
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- But I'm not adverse to the idea of Torch Song as a musical. It would just be different. Because the play will always be there exactly as it was, and in a musical you could tell a lot of the story through songs.
[ Adverse Always Because Could Different Exactly Idea Just Lot Musical Play Song Songs Story Tell Through Torch Will Would]
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- I'm sure there's going to be some material from This Is Not Going To Be Pretty. I usually use that song to just introduce myself to the audience, although the patter in between the song is always different.
[ Although Always Audience Between Different Going Introduce Just Material Myself Patter Pretty Some Song Sure Use Usually]
Topic:
- In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things.
[ Almost Also Character Colors Did Doing Failure Had How Made Movie Non-Stop Other React Some Song Then Things Torch Until Which]
Topic:
- I think a good song is a good song is a good song.
[ Good Song Think]
Topic:
- Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.
[ Because Countless Dare Enemies Freedom Know Limits Loudly Made Picked Press Say Some Song Speak Themselves Thing Up Will]
Topic:
- The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as the songs of Homer.
[ Belongs Bob Dylan Guitar Heard His Homer Invention Kind Meant Same Something Songs Tradition Way]
Topic:
- Disco was brand new then and there were a few jocks that had monstrous sound systems but they wouldn't dare play this kind of music. They would never play a record where only two minutes of the song was all it was worth. They wouldn't buy those types of records.
[ Brand Buy Dare Disco Few Had Jocks Kind Minutes Monstrous Music Never New Only Play Record Records Song Sound Systems Then Those Two Types Were Where Worth Would]
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- I had to go into a studio and compose and write and press up 12 songs in 14 hours. When you're recording a song from scratch it takes you 14 hours to do just one song.
[ Compose Go Had Hours Into Just Press Recording Scratch Song Songs Studio Takes Up Write]
Topic:
- One of my theme songs is that if you can't do it in a test tube, don't do it.
[ Songs Test Theme Tube]
Topic:
- I don't want to be somebody who stands still and sings pretty. Each song is a world. Each song is a story. I don't achieve nearly what I want.
[ Achieve Each Nearly Pretty Sings Somebody Song Stands Still Story Want World]
Topic:
- One of the reasons we survive as a band is that we are seen as a band of today. We don't want to be seen as a band that tours and plays old songs. We feel that we are making the best music of our careers.
[ Band Best Careers Feel Making Music Old Our Plays Reasons Seen Songs Survive Today Tours Want]
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- People know me for up-tempo songs because of my hits.
[ Because Hits Know Songs]
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- I always try to give my songs as gifts.
[ Always Gifts Give Songs Try]
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- I love to rock 'n roll. But my finest suit, of all the things I do, is as a songwriter.
[ Finest Love Rock Roll Songwriter Suit Things]
Topic:
- I don't know that all the demons have been beaten, but I'm very, very proud of those songs.
[ Beaten Been Demons Know Proud Songs Those Very]
Topic:
- I work hard at that, but the fact that there are a lot of good songs means there are also a lot of really bad songs I've written that you never hear.
[ Also Bad Fact Good Hard Hear Lot Means Never Really Songs Work Written]
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- I wrote that song for my wife, and it's what some guy who's sitting under a tree would be singing to the woman of his life, telling her how wonderful she is. To me, that's more lasting than something that sounds like it belongs on a movie soundtrack.
[ Belongs Guy Her His How Lasting Life More Movie She Singing Sitting Some Something Song Sounds Soundtrack Telling Than Tree Under Wife Woman Wonderful Would Wrote]
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- I'm now comfortable playing a lot of the old songs, and I've gotten out a lot of the old equipment.
[ Comfortable Equipment Gotten Lot Now Old Out Playing Songs]
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- That song has the full extent of my mandolin abilities; I'm not a good mandolin player at all.
[ Abilities Extent Full Good Mandolin Player Song]
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- But I'm able to just keep going, and that's the challenge. It's the next song. And then just enjoying the shows and people who come out to the shows. It's pretty organic, really.
[ Able Challenge Come Enjoying Going Just Keep Next Organic Out Pretty Really Shows Song Then]
Topic:
- I just play, and I'm always trying to write songs.
[ Always Just Play Songs Trying Write]
Topic:
- You can keep rummaging around until you find a song you like, but you can't predict whether it'll hit or not.
[ Around Find Hit Keep Predict Song Until Whether]
Topic:
- I mean a song that's specifically for the girls. It's saying you know we talk about them night and day, we're constantly pondering on men and what they've done good and what they've done bad and all these things in our lives.
[ Bad Constantly Day Done Girls Good Know Lives Mean Men Night Our Saying Song Specifically Talk Them These Things]
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- I just remembered songs my grandmother taught me, and songs that I learned for the recordings. But, then I learned to speak Italian. When I was there, I hired a professor who stayed with me 24 hours a day. She wouldn't let me speak a word of English.
[ Day English Grandmother Hired Hours Italian Just Learned Professor Recordings Remembered She Songs Speak Stayed Taught Then Word]
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- I was never encouraged to do it and I played the accordion, which I hated. I wish I had taken piano because I definitely would have written more songs of my own, but I didn't.
[ Accordion Because Definitely Encouraged Had Hated More Never Own Piano Played Songs Taken Which Wish Would Written]
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- If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.
[ Alien Anything Because Could Experienced Good Happened Lend Something Song Soul]
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- A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs.
[ Bass Gene Guitar Lot Played Plays Some Songs Times]
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- I think the fans really wanna hear the songs the way they sound on the record.
[ Fans Hear Really Record Songs Sound Think Wanna Way]
Topic:
- My songs grow on people - like warts.
[ Grow Songs Warts]
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- As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
[ Hopeful Itself Part Person Reveals Somehow Songs Through]
Topic:
- As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind. And I often write my songs for myself.
[ Goes Myself Often Realize Songs Time Trust Wind Write]
Topic:
- I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world, but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it. It took me a long time to appreciate that.
[ Appreciate David Famous Hear Know Long May Most Song Songwriter Time Took World]
Topic:
- I publish my own music. I'm creating my own songbook. It works that way for me; I'm very independent.
[ Creating Independent Music Own Publish Songbook Very Way Works]
Topic:
- I think of my songs as there to be something to move people emotionally.
[ Emotionally Move Something Songs Think]
Topic:
- I was talking to my spiritual advisor. I got a letter from somebody who said that they were about to kill themselves, but they listened to a song of mine and it saved their lives.
[ Advisor Got Kill Letter Listened Lives Mine Said Saved Somebody Song Spiritual Talking Their Themselves Were]
Topic:
- I've been doing a lot of studying singing, and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
[ Album Been Containing Doing Horses Lot Old Out Putting Recording Same Singing Songbook Studying Thinking Time War]
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- I've been doing my big theater projects, which take years, and writing a song here and there.
[ Been Big Doing Here Projects Song Take Theater Which Writing Years]
Topic:
- I've written several deeply personal songs this year, which I really love. Some of them came out of intense sadness. This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
[ Been Came Deeply Difficult Extremely Intense Love Out Personal Really Sadness Several Some Songs Them Which Written Year]
Topic:
- It's an interesting line that I walk. The AIDS crisis has done a lot for my songs and made them proliferate, and my songs have contributed a lot to that cause as well.
[ Aids Cause Contributed Crisis Done Interesting Line Lot Made Proliferate Songs Them Walk Well]
Topic:
- Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me, because you are really laying your heart out there.
[ Because Heart Laying Most Out Really Songwriting Terrifying Thing Your]
Topic:
- There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me. It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
[ Believe Between Just Performing Really Singing Songs Stuff]
Topic:
- These days, there are many people around the world who listen to the songs that made me infamous and read the books that made me respectable.
[ Around Books Days Infamous Listen Made Many Read Respectable Songs These World]
Topic:
- If you write songs you have an idea how they're going to sound.
[ Going How Idea Songs Sound Write]
Topic:
- We play melodic music, we play songs, we play all kinds of things and when you improvise you don't just shut out different languages, you use all the languages that you have.
[ Different Improvise Just Kinds Languages Melodic Music Out Play Shut Songs Things Use]
Topic:
- We went through this business of me writing out all the parts for these old songs from Gravity and Speechless and we'd been performing that, but we don't do that any more.
[ Any Been Business Gravity More Old Out Parts Performing Songs Speechless These Through Went Writing]
Topic:
- And this whole period of time of gradually working at being a better guitar player and songwriter have gradually led me to the point where I feel I'm doing a clearer representation of the thing that I've been feeling inside me since I was four years old.
[ Been Being Better Clearer Doing Feel Feeling Four Gradually Guitar Inside Led Old Period Player Point Representation Since Songwriter Thing Time Where Whole Working Years]
Topic:
- I just feel like the songs that come out are the songs that come.
[ Come Feel Just Out Songs]
Topic:
- Sinatra was pretty astute - he used the best songwriters around, he used all the resources, he covered every song from the era basically.
[ Around Astute Basically Best Covered Era Every Pretty Resources Sinatra Song Songwriters Used]
Topic:
- Just because people play songs with great technique doesn't mean the records are better.
[ Because Better Great Just Mean Play Records Songs Technique]
Topic:
- I don't think we should speak so much. What if we were singing a song? We split, whilst singing.
[ Much Should Singing Song Speak Split Think Were Whilst]
Topic:
- I think one of the things about writing in the studio is that the song hasn't matured, if you like, so quite often the vocals are early attempts. Whereas once you've taken it out on the road a bit, you learn more about a song.
[ Attempts Bit Early Hasn Learn Matured More Often Once Out Quite Road Song Studio Taken Things Think Vocals Whereas Writing]
Topic:
- I think that you get the mood of a song stronger if you get it right that way. On the other hand, you put some songs out live and they don't catch flight. They just flop. It is hard to tell until they are out there.
[ Catch Flight Flop Get Hand Hard Just Live Mood Other Out Put Right Some Song Songs Stronger Tell Think Until Way]
Topic:
- With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there.
[ Beatles Been Before Born Compare Every Got John Lennon Only Same Song Thing Time Up Write]
Topic:
- In an attempt to amuse my friends and family, I would do impressions of Dean Martin, singing Everybody Loves Somebody. I secretly really enjoyed singing the song.
[ Amuse Attempt Dean Enjoyed Everybody Family Friends Impressions Loves Martin Really Secretly Singing Somebody Song Would]
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- We are all treading the vanishing road of a song in the air, the vanishing road of the spring flowers and the winter snows, the vanishing roads of the winds and the streams, the vanishing road of beloved faces.
[ Air Beloved Faces Flowers Road Roads Snows Song Spring Streams Treading Vanishing Winds Winter]
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- I was a student at Columbia College, actually, in the Architecture school. Paul would drive in from Queens, showing me these new songs. I can't remember us working it out.
[ Actually Architecture College Columbia Drive New Out Paul Queens Remember School Showing Songs Student These Us Working Would]
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- I would start seeing, in just the sense I was saying now, the kind of record it was going to be and what the arrangement demands, and what my vocal part should be in the record. This was all emerging as the song was emerging.
[ Arrangement Demands Emerging Going Just Kind Now Part Record Saying Seeing Sense Should Song Start Vocal Would]
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- We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics. And if somebody writes a great song, it's timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there's going to be a real appreciation.
[ Appreciation Beings Crave Feel Going Great Human Humans Lyrics Melody Real Somebody Something Song Such Timeless Tuned Writes]
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- Each song is a lifetime, it begins and ends, and there's a journey taken within the songs.
[ Begins Each Ends Journey Lifetime Song Songs Taken Within]
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- I've always written songs, even when I wasn't doing anything with my personal life in music.
[ Always Anything Doing Even Life Music Personal Songs Written]
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- I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words.
[ Each Guess More Nature Significant Songs Success Than Words]
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- Those songs are about getting out; they're not about getting out of family. It wasn't about how family life was curtailing because I didn't know family life.
[ Because Family Getting How Know Life Out Songs Those]
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- A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O.
[ Lot Music Song Without]
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- Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
[ Best Breath Every Everything Heart Preserve Pulse Pure Song Still Thanksgiving]
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- Before, I was terrified on stage. I only play guitar during the acoustic songs. After a while, you can elicit certain responses from the crowd, like Elvis.
[ Acoustic After Before Certain Crowd During Elicit Elvis Guitar Only Play Responses Songs Stage Terrified While]
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- I'll have to get people to write songs for me right now until my own writing comes around.
[ Around Comes Get Now Own Right Songs Until Write Writing]
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- Songs don't just come out of the air. They take time, but it's good fun, too. Maurice gave me encouragement.
[ Air Come Encouragement Fun Gave Good Just Maurice Out Songs Take Time Too]
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- I love making records; I love making music; I love writing songs.
[ Love Making Music Records Songs Writing]
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- I will always have my songs and I don't think I will ever dry-up.
[ Always Ever Songs Think Will]
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- I would be content if I had nothing but a tape-recorder. I could still write songs and record them.
[ Content Could Had Nothing Record Songs Still Them Would Write]
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- When you write a song you have an idea of how it should be sung but it doesn't work out that way if someone else records it.
[ Else How Idea Out Records Should Someone Song Sung Way Work Write]
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- It's very hard to write a song alone. It's only by jamming that you can get a song together.
[ Alone Get Hard Jamming Only Song Together Very Write]
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- Jim Morrison's very good looking, but I don't like this version of the song. The Feliciano version is better.
[ Better Good Jim Looking Morrison Song Version Very]
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- We don't mind being ripped apart, but don't rip the songs apart. They're like our kids.
[ Apart Being Kids Mind Our Rip Ripped Songs]
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- When we write, we complement each other. We wrote six songs, Barry and I, while Robin was ill during the American tour, and they were terrible until Robin came back, and then everything worked out.
[ American Back Barry Came Complement During Each Everything Ill Other Out Robin Six Songs Terrible Then Tour Until Were While Worked Write Wrote]
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- I'm really happy that I got to work with such fresh talent. In a day when record companies are not particularly good at encouraging young, talented songwriters to come forward and get exposure, I think it's important to give tomorrow's songwriters the opportunity.
[ Come Companies Day Encouraging Exposure Forward Fresh Get Give Good Got Happy Important Opportunity Particularly Really Record Songwriters Such Talent Talented Think Tomorrow Work Young]
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- The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre.
[ Always Bee Been Black Changing Difficult Favourite Gees Genre Heavily Influenced Music Never Out Pick Songwriter Soul Styles Up Were]
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- I try to imagine how we would live if we didn't know we were going to die. Would we live our lives differently? Less careful, maybe? Less scared? These are beautiful things to think about and build a song around.
[ Around Beautiful Build Careful Die Differently Going How Imagine Know Less Live Lives Maybe Our Scared Song These Things Think Try Were Would]
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- I've just put my heart and soul in a song and need at least a week to recover.
[ Heart Just Least Need Put Recover Song Soul Week]
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- One of my favorite songs from the album is a song called 'For Better or Worse,' and it's basically about unconditional love, which is, I'd say, an ongoing theme in my personal life.
[ Album Basically Better Called Favorite Life Love Ongoing Personal Say Song Songs Theme Unconditional Which Worse]
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- When I wrote those two songs, I couldn't have been any closer to the bottom.
[ Any Been Bottom Closer Songs Those Two Wrote]
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- It's about giving the people what they want. So many people have told me that they've made love to my records so what I've delivered this time is an album about sex. Pretty much every song has that theme. Straight no chasers, it's booty music!
[ Album Booty Delivered Every Giving Love Made Many Much Music Pretty Records Sex Song Straight Theme Time Told Want]
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- I can sit and analyze everything and beat myself up and say you don't quite sing as good as you used to, you're writing better songs maybe than you used to, but to me it's just the journey.
[ Analyze Beat Better Everything Good Journey Just Maybe Myself Quite Say Sing Sit Songs Than Up Used Writing]
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- I had just lost my dad and I remembered all the songs we used to go and hear at concerts, and the records around the house and sometimes we'd play together.
[ Around Concerts Dad Go Had Hear House Just Lost Play Records Remembered Sometimes Songs Together Used]
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- So I didn't have anything to do with picking the songs, but I got to musically take them in places I thought might be interesting, so it was a real neat collaboration among the three of us.
[ Among Anything Collaboration Got Interesting Might Musically Neat Picking Places Real Songs Take Them Thought Three Us]
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- The funny thing is, people's perceptions of what a song is about is usually wrong a majority of the time. But they're still going to read what they want to into it.
[ Funny Going Into Majority Perceptions Read Song Still Thing Time Usually Want Wrong]
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- I had seventeen No. 1 songs and I didn't see anything like that kind of money.
[ Anything Had Kind Money See Seventeen Songs]
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- I didn't have a lot of overtly political songs. I think it was more the actions of the group that were threatening to the authorities, and also our political philosophies apart from the music.
[ Actions Also Apart Authorities Group Lot More Music Our Philosophies Political Songs Think Threatening Were]
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- For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often, some persons would say, write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission. The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them.
[ Artists Come Commission Having Hundreds Inspiration Inspire Masterpiece Muse Often Persons Say Some Song Symphony Talked Their Them Up Us Waiting Without Would Write Years]
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- I was asked by a group to write a song on the theme of brotherhood. This was before women's liberation, when brotherhood meant men and women both, so I wrote the song. Since I had always been very fond of the Passion Chorale, I wrote words to that great piece.
[ Always Asked Been Before Both Brotherhood Chorale Fond Great Group Had Liberation Meant Men Passion Piece Since Song Theme Very Women Words Write Wrote]
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- I wrote the Brotherhood song for no money out of my deep feelings about humanity, and because I was flattered that whatever talents I had, had been recognized.
[ Because Been Brotherhood Deep Feelings Flattered Had Humanity Money Out Recognized Song Talents Whatever Wrote]
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- Just this morning, out of a large memory for songs, and having been obsessed by them since childhood, suddenly, at the age of 84, I thought of a song I hadn't thought of in over 50 years. It came into my head unbidden.
[ Age Been Came Childhood Hadn Having Head Into Just Large Memory Morning Obsessed Out Over Since Song Songs Suddenly Them Thought Years]
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- Technically, I've been retired for some time now. All I ever do is occasionally write songs for friends, such as one, for a friend who had just turned 80. I wrote a song for him called, The First 80 Years are The Hardest.
[ Been Called Ever First Friend Friends Had Hardest Him Just Now Occasionally Retired Some Song Songs Such Technically Time Turned Write Wrote Years]
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- When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head, a catch phrase. When I was writing pop songs for a few years, as a career, separate from my folksinging career, I used to write songs for pop singers.
[ Am Career Catch Come Composing Few Head Into Phrase Pop Separate Seriously Singers Sometimes Songs Used Will Write Writing Years]
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- The sincerity of the art worker must permeate the song as naturally as the green leaves break through the dead branches in springtime.
[ Art Branches Break Dead Green Leaves Must Naturally Sincerity Song Springtime Through Worker]
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- We are rich in the quantity of songs rather than in the quality. The singer has to go through hundreds of compositions before he finds one that really says something.
[ Before Compositions Finds Go Hundreds Quality Quantity Rather Really Rich Says Singer Something Songs Than Through]
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- When the student has her voice under complete control, it is safe to take up the lyric repertoire of Mendelssohn, Old English Songs, etc. How simple and charming they are!
[ Charming Complete Control English Etc Her How Lyric Mendelssohn Old Repertoire Safe Simple Songs Student Take Under Up Voice]
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- He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yeah, that I was in town because I'd won this contest. He said, okay, then he was gonna play me his hit, and started singing 'When it's time to relax, one beer stands clear... '
[ Asked Because Beer Clear Contest Gonna His Hit Okay Play Relax Said Singing Songwriter Stands Started Then Time Town Won Yeah]
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- I liked the way they treated the first, second, and third place finishers equally. It was an amazing year. I only entered two song contests this year; I won one and placed second in the other. And I entered each of them a day or two before the deadline.
[ Amazing Before Contests Day Deadline Each Entered Equally Finishers First Liked Only Other Place Placed Second Song Them Third Treated Two Way Won Year]
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- I really believe in myself. I'm the hardest worker I know, and one of the best songwriters. There's a craft to it, and it takes a long time to hone it, and I work really hard at it.
[ Believe Best Craft Hard Hardest Hone Know Long Myself Really Songwriters Takes Time Work Worker]
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- You get a letter from her agency embracing you into the family that says, 'It is our goal now to help you achieve your dream of being a songwriter, in John's memory.'
[ Achieve Agency Being Dream Embracing Family Get Goal Help Her Into John Letter Memory Now Our Says Songwriter Your]
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- I'd just recorded it in Mariah Carey's studio. THey thought the song was perfect for Nina, because she's so shy, so it was nice to have that connection with Nina in the song. It was special.
[ Because Carey Connection Just Mariah Nice Nina Perfect Recorded She Shy Song Special Studio Thought]
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- Well, Neighbours wanted to do a song on the show, and they asked me what songs I had. I told them I'd just written this song, called Born to Try, and I had just gone overseas and spoken to some people from Song about it.
[ Asked Born Called Gone Had Just Neighbours Overseas Show Some Song Songs Spoken Them Told Try Wanted Well Written]
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- And then, I was thinking of doing a record just like starting with voice, because I did this one song that was just kind of a cappella, and I did it for this art piece I did where people could come and play music to go with a voice.
[ Art Because Cappella Come Could Did Doing Go Just Kind Music Piece Play Record Song Starting Then Thinking Voice Where]
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- A lot of the great songwriters in history have been collaborators, with a separate lyricist.
[ Been Collaborators Great History Lot Lyricist Separate Songwriters]
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- I feel like I want to write some songs and I don't know how to go about doing it. Usually it's the lyrics that are a problem, and I think I am not really cut out to be a lyricist.
[ Am Cut Doing Feel Go How Know Lyricist Lyrics Out Problem Really Some Songs Think Usually Want Write]
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- I haven't written enough songs to be able to say that I have a system. I've only written a handful.
[ Able Enough Handful Haven Only Say Songs System Written]
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- If part of the purpose of making an album is to get some radio play, then you might as well think about that. But that's not really how we picked the songs.
[ Album Get How Making Might Part Picked Play Purpose Radio Really Some Songs Then Think Well]
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- Last tour my bass rig was breaking down every other night. That was a pain. We would get on stage and Trey would count off the song, and I'd play the first note and nothing would be there. Those guys would just roll their eyes.
[ Bass Breaking Count Down Every Eyes First Get Guys Just Last Night Note Nothing Off Other Pain Play Rig Roll Song Stage Their Those Tour Would]
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- There's no way we could play a country song as well as a country band or a Latin song as well as a Latin band. We could never expect to do that. We just keep doing what we do, what we know how to do. We sound like ourselves.
[ Band Could Country Doing Expect How Just Keep Know Latin Never Ourselves Play Song Sound Way Well]
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- We have been trying to play a lot of different kinds of music, and probably the next album will go back more towards the direction where you couldn't classify each song as a certain kind of music. This album you can.
[ Album Back Been Certain Classify Different Direction Each Go Kind Kinds Lot More Music Next Play Probably Song Towards Trying Where Will]
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- Actually, the funny thing is, after all these years, I've got all these new songs to learn for the show we're doing at Joe's Pub, so it's kind of fun to get down and rehearse new things, and also rethink some of the older songs, how we're going to do them.
[ Actually After Also Doing Down Fun Funny Get Going Got How Joe Kind Learn New Older Pub Rehearse Rethink Show Some Songs Them These Thing Things Years]
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- I don't know any other lifestyle. I get up in the morning and I really do feel that the world is my oyster, and I start that way, the same as I would if I were preparing to write a song: put a blank piece of paper up on the piano and you go for it.
[ Any Blank Feel Get Go Know Lifestyle Morning Other Oyster Paper Piano Piece Preparing Put Really Same Song Start Up Way Were World Would Write]
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- I always hate explaining away songs, because for me they mean something, and for other people, they'll mean something absolutely different.
[ Absolutely Always Away Because Different Explaining Hate Mean Other Something Songs]
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- I didn't write songs for a very long time.
[ Long Songs Time Very Write]
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- I do a cover of a Velvet Underground song, and they were one of the most important bands, for me.
[ Bands Cover Important Most Song Underground Velvet Were]
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- I tend to like songs that are very emotional, that strike a chord with me emotionally.
[ Chord Emotional Emotionally Songs Strike Tend Very]
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- It creates a conflict of interest - what songs would I use for me, and what would I use for the band.
[ Band Conflict Creates Interest Songs Use Would]
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- Once I'd chosen the songs, it seemed like it would just be a question then of recording them. But it's a case of trying to re-invent the songs; taking them in different directions.
[ Case Chosen Different Directions Just Once Question Recording Seemed Songs Taking Them Then Trying Would]
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- People are People still gets played to death on '80s stations. It was our first big break in America. It's not exactly my favorite song.
[ America Big Break Death Exactly Favorite First Gets Our Played Song Stations Still]
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- And I look forward to the time when I can become more indulgent with my songwriting. But this band is a family, and it's a process that we have to grow with together.
[ Band Become Family Forward Grow Indulgent Look More Process Songwriting Time Together]
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- I can tell jokes. I can talk to the audience. I can relax. I can change my songs whenever I want. I can change the tempos. I can change the mood, because I'm in charge.
[ Audience Because Change Charge Jokes Mood Relax Songs Talk Tell Tempos Want Whenever]
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- When you sing a song the way I sing it, you have to use your whole body. It's almost like working out.
[ Almost Body Out Sing Song Use Way Whole Working Your]
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- In high school, I was Mr. Choir Boy. I had solos, I was helping out the tenors with their parts and our choir teacher would ask me what songs we should do.
[ Ask Boy Choir Had Helping High Mr Our Out Parts School Should Solos Songs Teacher Their Would]
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- I'm a song and dance girl. I can act enough to get by. But that's the limit of my talents.
[ Act Dance Enough Get Girl Limit Song Talents]
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- I find singing some of Foreigner's older songs are a little reckless and not exactly who I am now.
[ Am Exactly Find Foreigner Little Now Older Reckless Singing Some Songs]
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- We still play Foreigner songs. I play the songs that I was involved in writing.
[ Foreigner Involved Play Songs Still Writing]
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- But to make a holiday record that involves favorite American songs and then also get to sing about Jesus birth, it just seemed like a real easy, subtle way to combine a couple of things that I love.
[ Also American Birth Combine Couple Easy Favorite Get Holiday Involves Jesus Just Love Make Real Record Seemed Sing Songs Subtle Then Things Way]
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- Species can be recognized by their morphological characteristics and songs.
[ Characteristics Morphological Recognized Songs Species Their]
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- The divergence of songs in the new population away from those in the progenitor population would only be prevented if these processes were balanced by repeated immigration and subsequent breeding: song flow.
[ Away Balanced Breeding Divergence Flow Immigration New Only Population Prevented Processes Repeated Song Songs Subsequent These Those Were Would]
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- The independent role of morphology in mate choice is revealed by the rare instances where the usual association between song and morphology is disrupted.
[ Association Between Choice Disrupted Independent Instances Mate Morphology Rare Revealed Role Song Usual Where]
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- Thus mating of females was strictly along the lines of paternal song.
[ Along Females Lines Mating Paternal Song Strictly Thus]
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- To summarize, the particular song a male sings, and the behavioral responses of females to song and morphological signals, are not genetically inherited in a fixed manner but are determined by learning early in life.
[ Behavioral Determined Early Females Fixed Genetically Inherited Learning Life Male Manner Morphological Particular Responses Signals Sings Song Summarize]
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- It's unfortunate we've never been just songwriters.
[ Been Just Never Songwriters Unfortunate]
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- It's what the Pixies always said about music - they were writing songs and just trying not to be boring. That was their main motivation and it worked for them. I remember reading that and thinking that was the way to do it.
[ Always Boring Just Main Motivation Music Pixies Reading Remember Said Songs Their Them Thinking Trying Way Were Worked Writing]
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- Presented with a song like Exit Music, It's impossible to know what to add without actually making it worse. How can you play along when It's already there?
[ Actually Add Along Already Exit How Impossible Know Making Music Play Presented Song Without Worse]
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- Right now my mind is on the people who stole our instruments, and, specifically, the person with my guitar, which will no doubt end its days having Green Day songs worked out on it. A better fate was deserved - and while the reverence given to guitars annoys me, I shall miss it.
[ Annoys Better Day Days Deserved Doubt End Fate Given Green Guitar Guitars Having Instruments Mind Miss Now Our Out Person Reverence Right Shall Songs Specifically Stole Which While Will Worked]
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- The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.
[ Bird Cage Caged Child Compelled Does Enforcement Her Justify Love Loves Mother Nor Sings Song]
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- Dorsey played the upright bass and steel guitar, as well as acoustic guitar. Johnny played acoustic guitar and together they were fabulous songwriters and singers.
[ Acoustic Bass Dorsey Fabulous Guitar Johnny Played Singers Songwriters Steel Together Upright Well Were]
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- I produced a song for Bobby Vee called Get The Message.
[ Bobby Called Get Message Produced Song]
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- Steve produced Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys and one more. Then he and I wrote a few songs together and became good friends. He was a talented producer.
[ Became Boys Faster Few Friends Girls Good Grow More Produced Producer Songs Steve Talented Than Then Together Up Wrote]
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- Being a good songwriter means paying attention and sticking your hand out the window to catch the song on the way to someone else's house!
[ Attention Being Catch Else Good Hand House Means Out Paying Someone Song Songwriter Sticking Way Window Your]
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- Even though my songs may sound very personal, to me most of them are fiction. It is a great way for me to be able to live a fantasy life as a writer because I get to be someone else, someplace else for three and a half minutes, just like the listener.
[ Able Because Else Even Fantasy Fiction Get Great Half Just Life Listener Live May Minutes Most Personal Someone Someplace Songs Sound Them Though Three Very Way Writer]
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- I decided it was time to pay tribute to my own songs, to give them the opportunity to mature and be adult.
[ Adult Decided Give Mature Opportunity Own Pay Songs Them Time Tribute]
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- Live well. Sing out, sing loud, and sing often. And God bless the child that's got a song.
[ Bless Child God Got Live Loud Often Out Sing Song Well]
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- Our songs touch people, and take them back to a time when there was no threat of terrorism, when you didn't have to lock your doors and when Mom and Dad took care of everything.
[ Back Care Dad Doors Everything Lock Mom Our Songs Take Terrorism Them Threat Time Took Touch Your]
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- Even though other people wrote my songs I put my stamp on them. I have a connection, but there is no truer connection than an artists and their own song.
[ Artists Connection Even Other Own Put Song Songs Stamp Than Their Them Though Truer Wrote]
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- With Whitney she has such a unique sound and powerful instrument that she made those songs her own. She might as well have written them because she brought such a power and passion to them that were very unique. She has a great gift.
[ Because Brought Gift Great Her Instrument Made Might Own Passion Power Powerful She Songs Sound Such Them Those Unique Very Well Were Whitney Written]
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- We would turn everything into songs in those days.
[ Days Everything Into Songs Those Turn Would]
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- Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.'
[ Afterwards Blues Came Checking Couple Gave Hotel Music Once Play Ring Sad Said Saw Show Song Them Tickets Up]
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- I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations.
[ Am Gay Going Lesbian Love Matter Public Relations Rest Rights Sing Songs Support]
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- I think that a song, when it works, never mind a piece of long form music, even a song is something that speaks to itself but has a language all of its own, ideally.
[ Even Form Ideally Itself Language Long Mind Music Never Own Piece Something Song Speaks Think Works]
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- I've got a collection of songs that I've had, I keep adding to and they're all great American composers. I wanted to showcase American composers and I've done that on a lot of my records and played things by American composers that I really respect.
[ Adding American Collection Composers Done Got Great Had Keep Lot Played Really Records Respect Showcase Songs Things Wanted]
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- I had written lyrics to a song called The Silent Extreme, which Alex later renamed Humans Being.
[ Alex Being Called Extreme Had Humans Later Lyrics Silent Song Which Written]
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- I think I'm most proud of my family right now. I'm more into that then I've ever been. It also gives a new area to draw from in creativity with my songs.
[ Also Area Been Creativity Draw Ever Family Gives Into More Most New Now Proud Right Songs Then Think]
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- It sounds like something from a Woody Guthrie song, but it's true; I was raised in a freight car.
[ Car Freight Guthrie Raised Something Song Sounds True Woody]
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- Sometimes if you get 'em too drunk they don't pay no attention to what you're doin' anyways, so you might as well just do old songs. But if you get one that's paying attention, sometimes we'll do some new material.
[ Anyways Attention Doin Drunk Em Get Just Material Might New Old Pay Paying Some Sometimes Songs Too Well]
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- I play keyboards and sing. I've written a couple of songs too.
[ Couple Keyboards Play Sing Songs Too Written]
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- David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon - Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music.
[ Bomb Covered Dancing David Doing Else Feeling Had Halen Half Home Idea Lee Mon Music Own Playing Rather Roth Someone Song Songs Started Streets Stupid Successful Than Van Way Were Would]
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- The same music is playing on the radio in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC and Annapolis. Everywhere you go there's the same artists and same songs by them, over and over again. At some stations they play the same songs 50 to 60 times a week.
[ Again Artists Dc Everywhere Francisco Go Music New Over Play Playing Radio Same San Some Songs Stations Them Times Washington Week York]
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- It used to be that you'd have a song recorded by a major country artist and if it was a hit, you could buy a car. Now you can buy a dealership.
[ Artist Buy Car Could Country Hit Major Now Recorded Song Used]
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- My best album is called In Search Of A Song. That was my best shot right there. My finest hour, as they say. I could listen to the whole thing all the way through. There's nothing really crammed into it.
[ Album Best Called Could Crammed Finest Hour Into Listen Nothing Really Right Say Search Shot Song Thing Through Way Whole]
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- The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
[ Any Been Best Compliment Day Disc Ever Had Hadn Hall Hey Jockey Nashville Said Some Song Sounds Such Then Thing Tom Until Up]
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- The way you look for songs, you find yourself looking for little signals and clues about life and how things are.
[ Clues Find How Life Little Look Looking Signals Songs Things Way Yourself]
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- I have never sung a whole song on my own before and I am not the best dancer in the world, but I would rather try and fall than not not try at all.
[ Am Before Best Dancer Fall Never Own Rather Song Sung Than Try Whole World Would]
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- I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
[ Ask Beautiful Bird Meaning Misty Morning Rising Song Sun]
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- Each time I've gone to the studio, the songs have got better and I've got more confident.
[ Better Confident Each Gone Got More Songs Studio Time]
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- A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it, A song's not a song 'til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, Love isn't love 'til you give it away!
[ Away Bell Give Heart Love Put Ring Sing Song Stay Til Your]
Topic:
- Being used to scientific terminology and theory it was always natural for me to push this stuff into songs.
[ Always Being Into Natural Push Scientific Songs Stuff Terminology Theory Used]
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- I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom, that it's more interesting to have an album - or, indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity.
[ Album Believe Continue Contrary Given Homogeneity Indeed Individual Interesting More Rather Song Than Variety Which Wisdom]
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- Marc Almond has done a couple of covers, a few people in Europa have done them. I own all the publishing. It's never really been addressed, as I haven't had the time to go out and tout the songs.
[ Addressed Been Couple Covers Done Few Go Had Haven Marc Never Out Own Publishing Really Songs Them Time]
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- Whenever I heard the song of a bird and the answering call of its mate, I could visualize the notes in scale, all built up within my consciousness as a natural symphony.
[ Answering Bird Built Call Consciousness Could Heard Mate Natural Notes Scale Song Symphony Up Visualize Whenever Within]
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- Working with Yahoo! allows us to give our fans a chance to listen to our songs, check out the video, purchase our new album, win tickets to our show, and chat with us all in one place.
[ Album Allows Chance Chat Check Fans Give Listen New Our Out Place Purchase Show Songs Tickets Us Video Win Working Yahoo]
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- Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
[ Feel Feeling Make Makes Music Song Think Thought Words]
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- As long as the songs are strong, I think you can express yourself in any style and have it be soulful and have it be your own voice.
[ Any Express Long Own Songs Soulful Strong Style Think Voice Your Yourself]
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- I really feel there's no limitation on what this band can do in the studio or on the stage. That's an empowering feeling - that we can bring a song to life.
[ Band Bring Empowering Feel Feeling Life Limitation Really Song Stage Studio]
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- So it's not so much that I set out to do something different, it's just that the songs themselves require their own individual voice and attention.
[ Attention Different Individual Just Much Out Own Require Set Something Songs Their Themselves Voice]
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- The music is in the lead here, and a large part of this, I have no idea what I'm doing. I feel a closer bond with the craft of songwriting, stronger than I ever have.
[ Bond Closer Craft Doing Ever Feel Here Idea Large Lead Music Part Songwriting Stronger Than]
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- We went for the best overall feel on each song. There are no musical overdubs at all. It's a true live record; it's one of the few true live records out there.
[ Best Each Feel Few Live Musical Out Overall Overdubs Record Records Song True Went]
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- I like to think about stringing songs together like a string of pearls, or a string of beads, but ultimately it has to be stuff that really works with the band, and gives a spin to the older material.
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- Richard Chamberlain on The Slipper and the Rose was lovely to work with. He wore the clothes so beautifully and sang his songs so well.
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- I loved Rent when I first heard it, but it grew on me and so did Tick, Tick... Boom. Some songs are more interesting than others and sometimes the ones that never stood out at first end up being the best to perform.
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- Much responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the song leader; it is not infrequently within his power to make or break a meeting.
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- He asked my girlfriend if we could come over and sing some of the songs that we had written, which we did. After he heard the songs, he said that he knew someone in the record business by the name of Bob Shad.
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- I remember seeing the song in some diners on the selection gadget that plays records at the table while you were eating. We were never told if the songs ever got on any charts.
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- The skit was very successful based on the applause. After that show, the three of us decided to get together and try and come up with some songs that we could all participate in.
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- But I always held my music up and protected it from compromise. So I just do it for my friends. I've written hundreds of songs, and I'm sure I have a few albums worth of songs.
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- Honestly, when I got to Hollywood I was trying to sell my songs.
[ Got Hollywood Honestly Sell Songs Trying]
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- I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
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- My other advice is to start writing songs and singing right away.
[ Advice Away Other Right Singing Songs Start Writing]
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- The vocals are what immediately draw people in and sell the song.
[ Draw Immediately Sell Song Vocals]
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- I really, really like writing songs.
[ Really Songs Writing]
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- I'm singing background on one of Blondie's songs on her new album.
[ Album Background Blondie Her New Singing Songs]
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- I thought the '60s was the most exciting time and the most vital music, and we were really together as one mind then. Then afterwards, the songs and the bad drugs, that took its toll.
[ Afterwards Bad Exciting Mind Most Music Really Songs Then Thought Time Together Toll Took Vital Were]
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- Some people come to our shows and think they're gonna spend the night just listening to love songs, and they're pretty much surprised cause we do a lot of rock and roll.
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- Although I'm a huge fan of Ben Kweller, I don't think I'd cover one of his songs, simply because there's just so much of my own stuff I wanna do.
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- Some of the songs are so crazy, the words are so crazy... it's hard to believe I was so crazy.
[ Believe Crazy Hard Some Songs Words]
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- There's a lot of people out there who have seen us once somewhere in a pub or heard our songs late night on radio. We'd done four years of it before we'd even released a single. It's put us in good stead.
[ Before Done Even Four Good Heard Late Lot Night Once Our Out Pub Put Radio Released Seen Single Somewhere Songs Stead Us Years]
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- I spent ninety percent of my money on wine, women and song and just wasted the other ten percent.
[ Just Money Ninety Other Percent Song Spent Ten Wasted Wine Women]
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- Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month.
[ Does Get Gets Inspiration Landlady Man Month Once Song Well Where Write]
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- I sometimes don't know what songs are about for several years after I've written them.
[ After Know Several Sometimes Songs Them Written Years]
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- My songs form a kind of biography or diary of my life as they are about people I have loved and people I only knew in my heart, places I have seen only for a moment and places I have lived all my life.
[ Biography Diary Form Heart Kind Knew Life Lived Loved Moment Only Places Seen Songs]
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- Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs.
[ Dylan Favorite Forever Songs Young]
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- If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it.
[ Feel Fixes Getting Into Night Off Rut Song Usually]
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- If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
[ Concentration Energy Give Good Heart Performance Play Song Will]
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- Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it's hard for me to resist.
[ End Faster Go Hard Little Lord Pick Resist Song Towards Up Wants]
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- Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it.
[ Error Listen Live Most Our Play Recorder Song Stuff Tape Trial Turn]
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- My dad and I played music. He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home.
[ Dad Every Home Music Played Song Teaches Time Two]
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- The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can. You can either get it to breathe or you can't.
[ Breathe Either Get Into Life Much Put Song Way]
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- There were no rules, other than that the song should sound good and be fun to play.
[ Fun Good Other Play Rules Should Song Sound Than Were]
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- You can either make it come around or you can't. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
[ Around Best Come Could Either Know Make Ready Record Song Sure Time Way Would]
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- I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
[ Around Corner Dancer Either Guitar Hate Just Move Only Player Put Songwriter Tap]
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- Between each album I try to gain a new insight that I didn't have before and perhaps write a song about something that I've written about before, but from a fresh viewpoint.
[ Album Before Between Each Fresh Gain Insight New Perhaps Something Song Try Viewpoint Write Written]
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- I could stand out front and sing Eagles songs that I sing in my set, but I think people enjoy watching me sing and play the drums. It seems to fascinate people. I don't know why.
[ Could Drums Eagles Enjoy Fascinate Front Know Out Play Seems Set Sing Songs Stand Think Watching Why]
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- I don't mind doing two or three Eagles songs and playing the drums. I'm not one of those artists who's going to sit here and deny the past.
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- Sometimes songwriters and singers forget that. They get a melody in their head and the notes will take precedence, so that they wind up forcing a word onto a melody. It doesn't ring true.
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- When we were making vinyl records we had a lot of time limitations for each record so songs were left off for a number of reasons. Now, with CDs, much more music can be included.
[ Cds Each Had Included Left Limitations Lot Making More Much Music Now Number Off Reasons Record Records Songs Time Vinyl Were]
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- Men are allowed to write songs about people and women are allowed to write songs about women.
[ Allowed Men Songs Women Write]
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- That's my dream job, to be able to mail songs out to people who want to hear them. Paste my face on them and not travel all over the world trying to sell them.
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- The songs become the show, which is how it should be.
[ Become How Should Show Songs Which]
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- The songs keep on writing themselves, and I really love them. It's as close as I get to a religion.
[ Close Get Keep Love Really Religion Songs Them Themselves Writing]
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- And it really is a good feeling to get up there and make that sound. I'm not stuck in a time warp, because I can use as many of the old songs as I want to, just the favorites.
[ Because Favorites Feeling Get Good Just Make Many Old Really Songs Sound Stuck Time Up Use Want Warp]
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- Since I was doing all of it myself, I had to decide where I wanted to go with the songs, how to proceed with the chords, if the sound was alright, and all that detail on my own.
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- The thing is, in English I'm able to write the lyrics as I'm making the song, once I'm done with the melody.
[ Able Done English Lyrics Making Melody Once Song Thing Write]
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- I love TV. I know all the theme songs from the shows I watch. I'm not one of those who'd rather be a movie star. I prefer TV because of the rushed way of working-on a movie set, you sit around and wait and wait to do a scene because they're adjusting the lights.
[ Adjusting Around Because Know Lights Love Movie Prefer Rather Rushed Scene Set Shows Sit Songs Star Theme Those Tv Wait Watch Way]
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- I'm still proud of what I've done, even if it hasn't been the biggest song on the radio or hasn't gone to number one.
[ Been Biggest Done Even Gone Hasn Number Proud Radio Song Still]
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- Nashville is one of the greatest places for the best songwriters in the world. It's been fantastic to live there and to raise our family there. It's a great town.
[ Been Best Family Fantastic Great Greatest Live Nashville Our Places Raise Songwriters Town World]
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- The song This Kiss was definitely my breakthrough song. After that, Breathe was my breakthrough album.
[ After Album Breakthrough Breathe Definitely Kiss Song]
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- I have come up with very creative ideas that really didn't work with the song I was currently composing.
[ Come Composing Creative Currently Ideas Really Song Up Very Work]
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- Location is a very important aspect to songwriting.
[ Aspect Important Location Songwriting Very]
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- Sometime I write a song off a central idea, instead of emotion.
[ Central Emotion Idea Instead Off Sometime Song Write]
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- Sometimes I will click on a random sequence of notes- not to actually use it in a song, but to see if I can find maybe a simple pattern that I can build off of.
[ Actually Build Click Find Maybe Off Pattern Random See Sequence Simple Sometimes Song Use Will]
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- Writing a song is much like being an author. Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!), but that doesn't all of a sudden make us best selling authors.
[ Author Authors Being Best Brain Everyone Hope Make Much Selling Song Sudden Tools Us Write Writing Yes]
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- This is my story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long.
[ Day Long Praising Saviour Song Story]
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- An un-named song is like an un-named child, it has no identity.
[ Child Identity Song]
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- In this world of doubt, one thing is certain for me; that I will go on writing songs up to and - I hope, through heavenly means or diabolical - beyond the day I die.
[ Beyond Certain Day Diabolical Die Doubt Go Heavenly Hope Means Songs Thing Through Up Will World Writing]
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- Most songs are somewhere between love and death, and mine are no exception.
[ Between Death Exception Love Mine Most Somewhere Songs]
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- Then a friend of Jim's suggested we make a theme song to explain the story, and this is where the Mads came from. Josh and I wrote it into the theme song.
[ Came Explain Friend Into Jim Josh Make Song Story Suggested Theme Then Where Wrote]
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- One day a whole damn song fell into place in my head.
[ Damn Day Fell Head Into Place Song Whole]
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- Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck.
[ Chinese Down Duck Eating Love Man More Roast Singing Sitting Songs Than Work]
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- Then when Gladys Knight came in to do my songs that was the straw that broke the camel's back.
[ Back Broke Came Camel Knight Songs Straw Then]
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- The truth is, I initially became a singer-songwriter while still in my teens because it was the only way to guarantee that somebody on earth would sing the songs I was writing. Since then, I've performed just about everywhere: rock clubs, concerts halls, arenas, TV.
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- A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
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- There are seven songs finished and on par with any that are on Siren's.
[ Any Finished Par Seven Siren Songs]
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- I just get an idea and then all of a sudden I've got a song.
[ Get Got Idea Just Song Sudden Then]
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- I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want.
[ Baseball Game Music Play Song Want Watch Write]
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- I really enjoy the therapeutic value of writing songs.
[ Enjoy Really Songs Therapeutic Value Writing]
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- I don't think of them as teenage songs. The things that happen to you in high school are the same things that happen your entire life. You can fall in love at 60; you can get rejected at 80.
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- When I wrote the song, The Way It Is, I wanted to move people to take a stand on civil rights in this country.
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- I've always said it took me 20 years to find out how to write a song in 20 minutes.
[ Always Find How Minutes Out Said Song Took Write Years]
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- A lot of songs you write are just for exercise - just pencil sharpeners.
[ Exercise Just Lot Pencil Songs Write]
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- I love the art form of songwriting. I get to carry a lot of vibes to a lot of people. My songs are all about the human condition, and people will be able to find themselves in my songs.
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- We'd have to suck away at oxygen canisters between songs just so that we could keep playing.
[ Away Between Could Just Keep Oxygen Playing Songs Suck]
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- I've done lots of songs for film soundtracks and things like that - stuff I'm not ashamed of, but that doesn't represent my legacy with the Pretenders.
[ Ashamed Done Film Legacy Lots Pretenders Represent Songs Soundtracks Stuff Things]
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- I don't think any of our lyrics have ever been erotic in a sexual term, because I haven't really written, touched on, that subject too often. But, uh... I mean, I suppose they could point the finger at us for violence maybe in certain songs.
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- Music and songs are written at different periods of time, at different times in your life. They reflect the feelings you have and to be honest, I quite like having positive emotions.
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- To me, the musical is best when it's a musical comedy. So if you have a very, very funny show, and very good, funny songs, that's what the musical does best.
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