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All Quotes by author - Ed Kowalczyk
" All my favorite artists were pretty serious in the sense that their music was something I could sink my teeth into, from Peter Gabriel to U2 to these artists that made me want to read the lyrics and dig into it. "
" All of my favorite artists who inspired me were never afraid to be uncool and never afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves - no matter how much flak they took for it. "
" Anarchy would be a world that nobody felt responsible for, that nobody felt any sort of love for. When there's real intelligence happening, when there's real love happening, there's a sense of responsibility: Hey, we've got to take care of this place and each other. "
" Arenas, to me, and especially sheds, are really great venues. You get that sea of humanity, but everybody can still see it and hear it. And that's really important to us. "
" As a songwriter and a singer in a successful rock band, I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by incredible musicians, lots of wonderful production on both record and onstage, and plenty of volume! "
" Critics are critics: their job is to find things wrong with people. "
" Ever since we started, we've been trying to give people music that is pop music where you could just get into the melody and get into the performance of the band and be quite satisfied. "
" From the very beginning, we were all a hundred and ten percent about the music, from the very early days when we could barely play our instruments, and we were just covering other people's songs when we were in high school. "
" I always thought it odoriferous for people to go about trying to pummel others with their ideas. "
" I am an Alanis Morissette fan. I think that she has a fantastic voice, and I would love to sing with her someday. "
" I believe that rock and roll can really make a huge impact on people's lives. "
Rock And Roll
" I consider our music a catalyst, something that might spark a thought or a question. "
" I feel proud to be a part of rock n' roll and the whole tradition of rock n' roll. "
" If I were to sit around and think about all the things that were said about Live, I'd never get anything done. "
" If there is a doctrine, a message behind Live, it's just that wordless intensity that doesn't necessarily have to mean anything. "
" I grew up in an area that was the typical city that was a racially divided and economically segregated place. And it had a big influence on me. "
" I have always been cursed or blessed with this inability to hide behind anything and to just say exactly what I am experiencing. "
" I have never been able to separate - nor have I wanted to - my personal love and desire for truth, passion, and understanding from my lyrics. "
" I hit this point - I guess you'd say an end of a chapter - where I felt like I kind of did everything. I wasn't interested in music. It was a really strange feeling, and needless to say, it freaked me out a little bit. I really started to go inward and say, 'Hey, what is this about?' "
" I kind of spooked myself about getting older. It's not that bad really. "
" I'll never forget the first concert I basically went to. Actually, Sonny and Cher was my first concert, but U2 was my first real concert. I was 17 and saw them at JFK Stadium and had really crappy seats. "
" I love Peter Gabriel, and I've come so close to working with him a few times. We were on a movie soundtrack together, but we didn't actually write together. "
" Individuals have to find a place to experience a profundity of feeling, and art is a means to that. "
" I really don't do concept stuff very well. If I'm sitting thinking about what kind of song I want to write, within a few minutes, I'm kind of bored. It's just a personal thing for me. "
" I remember people telling me that at 5 1/2 minutes long, 'Lightning Crashes' would never be a hit song. "
" I think 'cool' is overrated. "
" I think that every band, whether they admit it or not, is going out there to succeed. I've always worn that on my sleeve. "
" I think the message of the Live/Counting Crows tour is that, aside from what's going on trendwise, if you dig a little, you can always find something to inspire you. "
" I took a page out of the U2 book. They've always had a universal approach. Nobody doubts they're Christian, but there's an open door for everybody in any faith to consume the music at any level. "
" It really has become the singular motivation in my life - to surrender to the art and to the free expression of what I may be experiencing in my life spiritually. It is really hard in the face of people who don't get it, but what do you do? "
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