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" As I'd go out learning to surf, I'd feel the power of waves coming over my body. It's like you're with God. "
" Dick Dale don't surf no more. "
" Every song is like a painting. "
" Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt. "
" Hendrix was the bass player for Little Richard. We were both left-handed, but we would use a right-handed guitar held upside down and backwards. He developed my slides and my riffs. In fact he used to say, and this is documented, 'I patterned my style after Dick Dale.' "
" I actually first picked up an ukulele before I picked up a guitar. "
" I became stereotyped. "
" I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do. "
" I don't live with the 'right' people. I don't want to. I don't want to live with the rich in Beverly Hills or walk the streets of Hollywood. I want to go to K-mart and get good deals. "
" I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul. "
" I learned everything by ear and played all the different instruments. So then I was able to find a guitar. That was, like, in the seventh grade. And then I didn't know how to put my fingers on all the different strings, so I had to figure out how to do it upside down and backwards, and I still play that way today. "
" I make jokes because humor is the greatest healing factor that there is. "
" I'm constantly being influenced by the soul that's directly in front of me. "
" I've been performing since 1955. I'm going to have to keep performing till I die because I'm not going to die in some rocking chair with a big ol' beer belly. "
" Little Richard, he'd say, 'Oh Dick Dale! You have luscious lips!' "
" My father never put me on his lap and said he loved me. "
" My son now is 22 months old, he's been playing since he was 12 months old and he gets standing ovations on the drums. He's been with us since he was 10 weeks old, he's been on the drums. He's got blisters on his fingers before he can even talk. "
" Surf music is actually just the sound of the waves played on a guitar: that wet, splashy sound. "
" That's what my music does for me. It makes people happy. When I play, I thank the Lord I've never seen someone walk away from a Dick Dale dance not having a good time. That's what it's all about. "
" The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown. "
" There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around. "
" They're putting cement dust into cattle feed to make the cows heavier; the FDA knows all about it. "
" Whatever you do, don't take shortcuts. It's great advice to take and live by. "
" When I was 18 at the Santa Ana River Jetty is where I put my first board in the water that I ever got from Joe Quigg. I was just riding the whitewater in, and I was just in heaven. "
" You know, music is sex. It's a sensual driving mode that affects people if it's played a certain way. "
" You shouldn't even be writing this story if you haven't heard me play live. You can't write with the passion you receive until you see a Dick Dale concert. "
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