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All Quotes by author - David Byrne
" All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few chords and you could be on an indie label. "
" Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off? "
" Artists are notoriously snooty and suspicious of anything coming from the business community. "
" As everything becomes digitized, there's the idea that things that can't be digitized become more valuable. "
" Before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context. "
" Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you're working on. "
" Cycling is a joy and faster than many other modes of transport, depending on the time of day. It clears the head. "
" Deep down, I know I have this intuition or instinct that a lot of creative people have, that their demons are also what make them create. "
" Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so. "
" Doing the box set is one of those things where you get to rewrite your own history to some extent. We could take out some of the songs that we felt weren't as strong as some of the others, so you look better. "
" Do I wear a helmet? Ugh. I do when I'm riding through a precarious part of town, meaning Midtown traffic. But when I'm riding on secure protected lanes or on the paths that run along the Hudson or through Central Park - no, I don't wear the dreaded helmet then. "
" Domination and monopoly is the name of the game in the web marketplace. "
" Everything's intentional. It's just filling in the dots. "
" Forces that you might think are utterly unrelated to creativity can have a big impact. Technology, obviously, but environment, too. Even financial structures can affect the actual content of a song. The making of music is profoundly affected by the market. "
" Frank Lloyd Wright... his things were beautiful but not very functional. "
" From what I've heard, Paris did a little bit more prep work as far as making bike lanes and all of that stuff. They really did it properly, which New York is getting to little by little. "
" Having unlimited choices can paralyze you creatively. "
" I always think the everyday is more relevant than anything too grand because we all have to deal with it. "
" I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. "
" I came to New York to be a fine artist - that was my ambition. "
" I can't deny that label-support gave me a leg up - though not every successful artist needs it. "
" I certainly agree that putting everything into little genres is counterproductive. You're not going to get too many surprises if you only focus on the stuff that fits inside the box that you know. "
" I couldn't take pictures of green rolling hills. "
" I couldn't talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching. "
" I cycled when I was at high school, then reconnected with bikes in New York in the late '70s. It was a good way of getting around the clubs and galleries of the Lower East Side and Soho. "
" I didn't have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff. "
" I'd like to be known for more than being the guy in the big suit. "
" I don't like begging money from producers. "
" I don't listen to the radio very much, but that could be because I don't have a car. "
" I don't think people are going to switch over to bikes because it's good for them or because it's politically correct. They're going to do it because it gets them from A to B faster. "
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