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All Quotes by author - Ruben Blades
" A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you. "
" And, he'd seen me in Panama, and he talked about maybe doing something in New York so I hooked it up when I came here and I recorded in 1969 my first album with Pete Rodriguez. "
" And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day. "
" Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music. "
" At a certain point, people in Panama thought that everything was going to be solved as soon as Noriega was gone. Of course, the disappointment was huge. "
" Basically, I would like to be considered for roles that are well-written. I think that part of the problem that we've had as actors is that they insist on looking at us as Latino actors and not as actors, period. "
" But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood. "
" Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models. "
" Everyone has a black guy inside them. Mine is a Cuban sonero who is 80-something years old and sings better than I do. His name is Medoro Madera. Medoro has been recording since 1997. "
" I collected the 'Walking Dead' comics. "
" I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band. "
" I didn't do drugs, I never did do drugs. Never. I don't have any story of drugs, you know, to speak of. Never did drugs, never was interested in drugs and then I wasn't interested in the people around the drugs. "
" I don't accept ideologies that are not a product of consensus. I don't have an ideology, but I do have a sense of what's right and what's wrong. "
" I'm planning to retire from salsa. I'm planning to do a farewell tour. "
" In general, both in Spanish and English, the quality of the entertainment media is horrible. "
" In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market. "
" I really think that music itself, being one of the greatest possible vehicles for mass communication, should be probed to its extremes, to see how effective it can actually become, which is one of the reasons why I became also interested in presenting political points of view. "
" It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law. "
" I think being born in Panama was a blessing because Panama is a port city. It's a really - the mentality is that - I remember that of admitting things in. You know, ports, ideas come in and out all the time. "
" I think in New York we had respect and we would pretty much fill up the places where we went, but I never got the sense that we really were Number 1 here in New York among the Latin crowds. "
" I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. "
" It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here. "
" It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985. "
" I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang. "
" I was always interested in trying to find how different genres would affect the lyrics that I'd written. Salsa is where most of my songs have been recorded, the genre of salsa. It's very frenetic, fast-paced. And I felt that the lyrics sometimes were being lost. "
" I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe. "
I Was Born
" I was never particularly a part of the following of tango; I just liked it... most of all, I recognized that the urban content and the approach seemed very familiar and very connected to the songs that I was doing, the kind of songs that I wanted to write - the songs about the street. "
" I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America. "
" My mother never finished elementary school. My father didn't, and that was a reality for many of us. "
" Not everybody goes to government to serve themselves and not their country. "
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