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All Quotes by author - Ry Cooder
" After all is said and done and institutions fail, people still have some ability to care for each other. "
" All I know is, I play the guitar, beat it out, and sing a song that has some damn resonance that we feel as musicians. We send it out and people get it, and that's a good thing. "
" American global economic imperialism is a fact. It's a known fact. It's a simple fact. "
" A microphone has a certain range. It's not as good as your ears, but it will capture an enclosed space, the harmonic content in a room. Nice old tube mikes do that pretty well. And that's a good sound. "
" Back in the early '70s, when Susie and I were first married, we had a little house that we rented, and we used to have parties. People would come, and they wouldn't leave. I used to get so tired. I'd put on the Stanley Brothers, 'Songs for the Good People,' and the house would clear in five minutes. It was not liked; it was alien. It was weird. "
" Beautiful tunes are all very good and fine, and great musicians are always great, but that alone isn't enough. Most folks, when they see movies or hear records, need something that they find pulls them in, draws them in, and appeals to them beyond just the notes. "
" Being the front guy is a hard job. "
" Chavez Ravine is the dawn of Chicano consciousness. "
" Country hillbilly music I love. Always have. "
" Critics don't sell records, unfortunately. No one reads what they write anyway. "
" Everyone thought my first album would be instrumental, but I didn't want to do it - it took me eight months to make. "
" Film work is a job I like to do because I really love to solve problems. "
" 'Geronimo' was a huge amount of work. That involved 80-piece orchestras and Indians and Tuvans and all kinds of crazy people on that thing. That's a real circus, that score. "
" Having my son on drums has made a huge difference. I can't stress this strongly enough, in terms of the groove space and style that Joachim gave me to instinctively play what I felt in a more free way, rather than feeling constricted. That's true on record and on stage. "
" How many BMWs do you need? How many Rolex watches you gonna wear in your lifetime, for crying out loud? What is it about that kind of desire? I don't understand it. "
" I always have felt that most people don't have the first idea about what musicians, in the traditional sense - I don't mean in the modern media fake way, but traditionally - what they went through, what their lives were like. "
" I always like spoken word records. "
" I always loved country gospel from back when I was a teenager in high school and started listening to bluegrass quite a lot. "
" I always think you should push your envelope every chance you get. "
" I always thought East L.A. music was so dreamy and languid and kinda greasy. "
" I can't help what people write or think. If somebody thinks I'm a serious archivist, they're wrong. That's been a problem. It's a shame people take that attitude, because it affects how they listen to the music. It's a big mistake to treat any pop music that way. "
" I didn't come from a very rigid background, where there's a clan or a tribe or a religion. "
" I didn't want tunes that preach heaven: you know, life on Earth is bad and heaven is the only hope we have. I don't quite care for that. I mean, when people sing that stuff, it's good when they do it, but I didn't want to do it. "
" I don't like being watched, and I don't like being an entertainer. "
" I don't understand the public, but I do believe the public is oversold and underrated every day. Give the people something interesting, something to chew on, I say. "
" If every song is in the past tense, that's a drag, so you have to predict the future. "
" If it hadn't been for record people like Ralph Peer, the Chess brothers, and Alan Lomax, then life would've been unbelievably dull, and I would've been sacking groceries somewhere and probably, at this point, running a little 7-Eleven down by the airport. "
" If something grooves and you like the sound, then that's all you need. "
" If you're taught to hate and fear a people or a country, and it works, it's because of your ignorance of that country. You have no contact with it, nor do you know what you're hating and fearing. "
" If you're white working with non-white people, you will be branded as a colonialist by some people, regardless of your efforts or intentions. "
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