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" Being the front guy is a hard job. "
" I'm a man of peace. "
" 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. "
" I like classical music. I especially like the French composers: Ravel in particular. Debussy. That's so soothing in a nervous world. "
" 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. "
" '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. "
" You have to be able to improvise and respond to what's going on around you. Then you might get a good piece of work done. "
" I think I'm more relaxed; I think I'm more philosophical. I don't get worried as much as I used to about things. "
" People who love the applause should have it, but I don't care for it. "
" What kills music in films is when it's done as performance, drawing attention to the fact that someone's in the background playing it. "
" People who get together, regardless of other structures, will find something in common. They are bound to. That was the Pete Seeger let's-all-sing theory. "
" With country, it's hard to penetrate the thick layers of commercialism that have been applied like shellac coatings over the real thing. "
" 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. "
" I didn't come from a very rigid background, where there's a clan or a tribe or a religion. "
" I don't like being watched, and I don't like being an entertainer. "
" I always loved country gospel from back when I was a teenager in high school and started listening to bluegrass quite a lot. "
" When I was little, 4 or 5 years old, the first guitar I had was given to me by a blacklisted violinist - a lefty, commie guy, pinko man. "
" I'm a great lover of ballads. "
" The biggest inspiration I had was to take norteno soul music and fuse it with Mexican music. It was my great big idea to do that. "
" It's tremendously expensive to make a record on the basis of writing checks. "
" I got a reputation for being 'eclectic' or some damn thing like that, but to me, the different kinds of music I play are all the same stuff - good time music - and it is the only stuff I can do. "
" Musicians understand each other through means other that speaking. "
" I keep my mind on track, and I don't get mad, and I don't get frustrated. Well, I do... but creative work, it's a way of controlling all that. "
" 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. "
" Nat King Cole - I listen to him a lot. "
Nat King Cole
" 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. "
" Film work is a job I like to do because I really love to solve problems. "
" 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. "
" To me, the Internet is a big scam. "
" 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. "
" 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. "