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All Quotes by author - Valerie Simpson
" And it's a lot harder to hide with four musicians than it is with eight. "
" Both my grandmothers had upright pianos, and I just knew how to play since I was a child. Nobody taught me. I sounded like a grown-up, and then I learned how to read music. I played so well by ear I could fool the teacher to believe I could play the notes. She'd make the mistake of playing the song once, and I could play it. "
" I don't know what I want to do. There are people who want me to do things. There's a possible book. There are lots of things to consider. I just have to figure out what I want to do. I'm not one to sit around and do nothing. "
" I guess I'm in a state of becoming. Even though I've had a full career and I've been around a long time, it's like dinosaurs are coming back. It's all new. I'm having to be on my own and seeing how exciting life can be now. "
" In the future I think the labels on most pop music are going to go. Everyone keeps jumping into everyone else's space. "
" In transition I think the spirit goes somewhere, but I don't think it leaves. "
" It's a songwriter's dream to have a song recorded and run up the charts. "
" It's interesting when you've been a partner with someone for so long. So now to sing solo and starting all over again I am learning that I am more bodacious than I thought. I don't know where it's coming from but I am glad. "
" I've already lived one full life, and so now I'm about to endeavor to see what else the good Lord has in store for me, and I'm wide open. "
" I was a good sight reader and I could sing two or three of these jingles a day. An orchestra would come in for half an hour, and then the singers would come in and knock 'em out, and go on to the next one. I was the voice of Budweiser and Almond Joy. "
" Motown was the mecca. It was every writer's dream to work there. "
" My daughters are here, and that makes me feel good. And with the spirit of Nick Ashford, I think I'll make it through. I have no choice. "
" Nobody in my family was musical. I had no idea you could be a songwriter and make a living at it. It was all discovery. It was all just thrown at me. "
" Sometimes you want a Part Two in your life. "
" There is a formula that allows you to write a decent song. But a song like 'You're All I Need to Get By,' it just writes itself. "
" We have been playing to a 70-30 black to white audience. And we are just doing what should come next, trying to attract a larger house, trying to reach an audience that's half black and white. "
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" We stand on our songs and we stand on the songs that we wrote for other people. That gives us a higher platform. "
" When you're a producer and an artist you're very critical of yourself. I like to produce other people, but I'm not that good at producing myself. "
" You know, we have two families: the one we're born into, and the one that we make for ourselves afterwards. "
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