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" You never know what could be interesting tomorrow. "
" I'd always thought Cage's 'Root of an Unfocus' would be great in a movie. "
" When I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to meet Buddy Holly. I asked him how he got that big, powerful sound out of his guitar amp. He said, 'I blew a speaker and decided not to get it fixed.' "
" I come from a family who prided themselves, both sides, on memory. And I was told growing up, constantly, that I was born with a really good memory. "
" I could never be a movie star and get up at 7:30 to be at someone else's studio. "
" I'm really lucky because I found myself in a position where I can do whatever I want to do. I can make records, produce records, make movies, or I can do nothing. I'm not a slave to the dollar. "
" I saw Ray Charles at Massey Hall. "
" Working on 'The Last Waltz' introduced me to Martin Scorsese, and I had been a movie bug since I was a young kid. "
" The native music of North America, the original-roots music of this country, is also the underworld music of this country. "
" I'm not an activist. "
" I love traditional music. But in any culture around the world, there is the historic and cultural music and everything that's been passed down and passed down, and hopefully you take that, and then you take it, you know, the next distance, and then somebody else takes it the next distance. "
" Music isn't necessarily made to last, and there's always been disposable music. "
" Musical revolutions, I don't know how many I've been through. "
" I never really had a teenage experience. I went from childhood to maturity, and in some ways, it short-circuited me emotionally. "
" You don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared. "
" I'm always optimistic. "
" I think the world of Chuck Berry. "
" I like to work on records when I feel inspired, not because it's expected of me. "
" I don't want to be one of those people saying, 'Remember when things were better?' "
" Boy, do I got some stories to tell. "
" It's a bit of a sore spot, the Thanksgiving in Indian country. "
" It's easy to be a genius in your twenties. In your forties, it's difficult. "
" I love the idea of having a kid who says, 'Yeah, of course I knew about Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash when I was nine years old.' "
" I wanted to develop a guitar style where phrases and lines get there just in the nick of time, like with Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper. Subtleties mean so much, and there is a stunning beauty in them. "
" The Band is probably the ultimate example of people taking all kinds of music, from gospel to blues to mountain music to folk music to on and on and on and on and putting them all in this big pot and mixing up a new gumbo. "
" There's a bookstore in New York where you could buy scripts, and I got addicted to them because they were easy, quick reads... and the pictures were so vivid. "
" Some bands today have the experience of really working together and honing their craft. And other bands are very much like, 'I just got a guitar for Christmas, let's start a band.' And you can hear the difference. "
" One of the things I feel very strong about is the achievement of the Band really being a complete band. "
" In Americana, the facts and the dreams seem to be all the same to me. "
" I've been really fortunate that I've been at a lot of critical crossroads in my musical journey. When I look back, there are some pretty interesting things to look at. "
" When I was younger, I thought I was too young to really be personal. I thought that what I was feeling and thinking might be half-baked. "