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" You learn to read the audiences after a while, and there are all different kinds of gigs. "
" You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense. "
" These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over. "
" There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles. "
" When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast, I did so with a guy named George Cassidy, who was also a big inspiration. "
" There's always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That's what life is made of. I don't know anything else. If there is, tell me about it. "
" The future is keeping you out of the present time. "
" If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it. "
You Can Do It
" The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport. "
" Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat. "
" I put out records to this day that are not necessarily in a sequence of anything. Some could be written a while back, some not. There is no set pattern. "
" When I started you were more in touch with the people you were playing to. There wasn't the distance or the separation that there is now. "
" Hearing the blues changed my life. "
" You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works. "
" My thinking musically has always been more advanced - it is difficult to get it down onto paper sometimes, even now. "
" The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on. "
" Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it. "
" Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach. "
" What you see is what you get. "
" In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing. "
" Music is spiritual. The music business is not. "
" I went back to Belfast and started a club, the Maritime. No one had thought about doing a blues club, so I was the first. "
" You've got to separate the singer and the songs. "
" I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple. "
" I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice. "