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All Quotes by author - Leon Russell
" Both economics and politics are false sciences. "
" I am happy with what comes, I don't have expectations of any stature. "
I Am Happy
" I didn't start out to become famous, so when it disappeared, I thought, well, that happens sometimes. "
" I don't think there's any danger of me playing Indian music. However, I did a song of George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness' that was kind of like that. That was an illusion. I was playing that on a thumbtack piano, and Jim Gordon was playing tablas. He's an amazing player. That was as close to India as I ever got. "
" If everybody'd agree to quit using money, I'd be happy to play for free every day for awhile. But I don't play benefits or any kind of fund-raisers. I prefer to play at hospitals, for people who otherwise can't see us. But I can't see playing for causes, whatever the cause may be. "
" I had a band with David Gates. There was just a lot of opportunity at that time. But I left for Los Angeles the week after I graduated high school, and I actually left to try to get into the advertising business. That was really why I went out to L.A. My music career was almost an accident. "
" I had a whole bunch of bad country songs, so I put 'em all on an album. "
" I had two parts of my body: my left side, which was strong and somewhat dumb, and the other side was weak and hard to control but perhaps smarter. It gave me a very strong sense of the duality of the plane that we live in. "
" I have damaged nerve endings on the right side, so my piano style comes from designing stuff I can play with my right hand. And some of it effectively mimics classical stuff. "
" I'm almost totally politically inactive. "
" I'm happy to have a job. I play a little, write a little, perform some. It's not like it's an engineered, well-manufactured plan or anything. I just do what I do. "
" I'm not so much of a person for causes, unless I specifically - for instance, if it's my cause, or some poor people's, I'll try to help. But you won't find me playing for any peace candidates - or any candidates. "
" I'm pretty serious about what I do. "
" I played on a few Frank Sinatra sessions. "
" I really am serious abut catfish farming. I'm very interested in aquaculture. "
" I started out playing 'Chopsticks.' "
" I started writing rather late in the game. I was fascinated about the story about how Bob Dylan, for 'Nashville Skyline,' wrote between takes. So I'd try to sing new songs off the top of my head. I had rather less than spectacular success on that. But a lot of my songs were done that way. "
" I've always felt I struck out with Doris Day. Her son, Terry Melcher, was a producer I worked for at Columbia, and one day, he asked me to go to her house to play piano on a song she was doing. So I get there, and she has about 30 dogs running around the place - turns out she's a dog rescuer. "
" I've avoided the press and a lot of stuff that would have made me more visible just because it's not my style. "
" I was on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis when I was 15 - I can't imagine not doing it. That's what I do. "
" I was playing with George Harrison one time, and George loves takes. This song was up to Take 160. I said, 'George, do you want me to play the same thing or 160 different things?' It drove me crazy because, in general, I'm ready to play my part. "
" I wish I had gone into industrial plumbing. That's a joke. "
" I would have to say Sam Cooke is the one I admired most. His artistry and vocal, just the way he did it. "
" My chops have always been sort of weak, because the right side of my body was paralyzed a little bit. It was very limiting. I have to design stuff I can play, and it took me a year and a half to figure out how to hold a guitar pick. "
" My feet are giving out on me. But I have a wheelchair that folds out on my tour bus. I've also got this little tricycle, so if I want to go someplace, I get those out. "
" My hobby is silence. "
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