Thursday, November 11, 2010

Honoring All Who Have Served (Past, Present, and Future) God Bless!




But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
~Thomas Dunn English


It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler


In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. ~José Narosky


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis


But fame is theirs - and future days
On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -
"These for their country fought and bled."
~Philip Freneau


Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown


I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot. ~Gary Hart


When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. ~Michel de Montaigne


I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" ~Eve Merriam


We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick


Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou


When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. ~Chinese Proverb


The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums. ~Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up


The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war. ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. ~G.K. Chesterton


How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bill Gates



640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates

Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we're going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles.
Bill Gates

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Bill Gates

At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right.
Bill Gates

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Bill Gates

DOS is ugly and interferes with users' experience.
Bill Gates

I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you're giving it away.
Bill Gates

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
Bill Gates

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
Bill Gates

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
Bill Gates

I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.
Bill Gates

I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making great software.
Bill Gates

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.
Bill Gates

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
Bill Gates

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
Bill Gates

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.
Bill Gates

In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.
Bill Gates

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
Bill Gates

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
Bill Gates

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
Bill Gates

Life is not fair; get used to it.
Bill Gates

Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so exciting.
Bill Gates

Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.
Bill Gates

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it's about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it's less than one ton. It's an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.
Bill Gates

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.
Bill Gates

People everywhere love Windows.
Bill Gates

Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back.
Bill Gates

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
Bill Gates

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
Bill Gates

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates

Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Bill Gates

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Bill Gates

The U.S. couldn't even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad. They'll be killing each other again in less than a year. I'm sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits.
Bill Gates

There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.
Bill Gates

This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
Bill Gates

Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
Bill Gates

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
Bill Gates

We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
Bill Gates

We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
Bill Gates

When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.
Bill Gates

When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen.
Bill Gates

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
Bill Gates

Windows 2000 already contains features such as the human discipline component, where the PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does something that does not please Windows.
Bill Gates

You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the way.
Bill Gates

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Johnny Carson




Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.
Johnny Carson

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
Johnny Carson

For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson

For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
Johnny Carson

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.
Johnny Carson

I know you've been married to the same woman for 69 years. That is marvelous. It must be very inexpensive.
Johnny Carson

I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.
Johnny Carson

If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.
Johnny Carson

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
Johnny Carson

If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.
Johnny Carson

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
Johnny Carson

Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die.
Johnny Carson

My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.
Johnny Carson

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Johnny Carson

Never use a big word when a little filthy one will do.
Johnny Carson

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most unsolved.
Johnny Carson

People will pay more to be entertained than educated.
Johnny Carson

Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: "Are your ready?"
Johnny Carson

The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.
Johnny Carson

We're more effective than birth control pills.
Johnny Carson

When turkeys mate they think of swans.
Johnny Carson

Friday, October 22, 2010

Annette Funicello




Animation did not become the dominant form of children's television until the '60s.
Annette Funicello

As I grew older, I came to feel more responsible for any hardship or trouble my career caused my family.
Annette Funicello

As I travel across the country speaking about MS, perhaps I can offer others comfort and hope.
Annette Funicello

At the beginning of 1955 only about 60 percent of American homes had TVs.
Annette Funicello

Dick Clark really didn't make rock 'n roll safe for America, as many people think.
Annette Funicello

For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not.
Annette Funicello

Growing up in public is especially hard sometimes.
Annette Funicello

I always considered myself a dancer before anything else.
Annette Funicello

I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father.
Annette Funicello

I still don't know precisely why The Mickey Mouse Club ended when it did.
Annette Funicello

I was not prepared to live as a single parent.
Annette Funicello

I'm saddened to see that some have been misled into believing that Mr. Disney was something other than a kind, caring man.
Annette Funicello

I've always found Mr. Disney to be somewhat of a shy person, a kid at heart.
Annette Funicello

In 1993 my birthday present was a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Annette Funicello

In the United States women develop MS at approximately twice the rate men do, and no one can explain why women are affected most often from the waist down.
Annette Funicello

Just learning that you have MS is such a devastating shock.
Annette Funicello

Mickey Mouse... is always there-he's part of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame.
Annette Funicello

Most original viewers of the Mickey Mouse Club didn't face the crush of family and social problems children have today.
Annette Funicello

Mr. Disney and his staff were constantly scouting for great stories to bring to life on film.
Annette Funicello

Mr. Disney believed everyone was still a child deep inside.
Annette Funicello

MS is not really a degenerative illness. It is not fatal, nor is it always progressive.
Annette Funicello

My dear friend Jimmie Dodd was the heart and the soul of The Mickey Mouse Club.
Annette Funicello

Of all the roles I've played, none has been as fulfilling as being a mother.
Annette Funicello

Of the many guests we welcomed to the Mickey Mouse Club, my absolute favorites were the Lennon Sisters.
Annette Funicello

The Lord has been with me throughout my life. He's never let me down.
Annette Funicello

The mere thought of divorce terrified me. To me, divorce symbolized failure.
Annette Funicello

The original Mickey Mouse Club, established in the '30s, was designed to attract children to movie theaters.
Annette Funicello

Then, as now, the Disney studio buzzed with activity. You had a strong impression of being at the center of something very exciting.
Annette Funicello

To some, the '50s were a decade marked by the banal, the predictable.
Annette Funicello

Watching television in those days was not the same experience as it is today. After years of listening to radio, we found the black-and-white images mesmerizing.
Annette Funicello

Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.
Annette Funicello

Whatever dreams I have wished have come true.
Annette Funicello


When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change.
Annette Funicello

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tom Petty




I don't think it's a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem.
Tom Petty

I have turned down a lot of money for things that would have made me feel cheesy.
Tom Petty

I think television's become a downright dangerous thing. It has no moral barometer whatsoever. If you want to talk about something that is all about money, just watch the television.
Tom Petty

I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.
Tom Petty

It's better to burn out, then to fade away.
Tom Petty

It's funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can't afford the music.
Tom Petty

It's very easy to be cynical about the hall of fame. But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music.
Tom Petty

Most things I worry about never happen anyway.
Tom Petty

The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit.
Tom Petty

TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It's downright bad for your health now, and that's not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health.
Tom Petty

We don't really make bad records, though some people might like some more than others. And we have never really done a bad show. So I think in a way maybe we've been taken for granted.
Tom Petty

You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.
Tom Petty

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chuck Berry




Don't let the same dog bite you twice.
Chuck Berry

It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.
Chuck Berry

Rock's so good to me. Rock is my child and my grandfather.
Chuck Berry

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Alan Jackson




For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done.
Alan Jackson

He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.
Alan Jackson

Hee Haw was probably my biggest exposure to live music at a young age, because there wasn't any live music around my town and no one in my family played instruments.
Alan Jackson

I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past.
Alan Jackson

I didn't realize until I was older what a huge music fan my daddy really was, and actually that my grandma played banjo at one time, and I didn't even know that until a year or two ago.
Alan Jackson

I really was a fan of his and always have been - his writing especially, you know? I think people a lot of times overlook that part, because he kind of got into that party character so heavy.
Alan Jackson

My mother kept asking me, 'When are you going to do a gospel album?' And I've always wanted to do a gospel album. Everybody was going on about it, so mom started hounding me more.
Alan Jackson

Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.
Alan Jackson

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bob Mould




How do I explain Neil Young? Great question! I explain Neil Young as, I would kill to see his acoustic shows.
Bob Mould

I don't like the dislocation of being away for months at a time. It's not conducive to having a life.
Bob Mould

I think also there was a lot of coming to terms with where I am in life, where I fit in as a gay man in America, and getting more comfortable with who I am.
Bob Mould

The blues is something separate from what I do. They connect at certain spots, but blues is different. I wouldn't put it in with what my career has been. That would be a whole separate wing.
Bob Mould

There's so many companies that are spending so much money on 17-year-olds... I can't compete with that. I'm not that guy anymore, they can't dress me up and roll me out there and make me look good. I am what I am!
Bob Mould

When I'm winning, winning, winning with a certain way why would I mess with that? When I realised there was lot to be gained from failing in some people's eyes, it made it all the more interesting!
Bob Mould

When the business starts shaping the art, or the delivery of the art, then it's not right.
Bob Mould

You're surrounded by electronic music in New York. I mean New York is one of the few places in North America where electronic music is the prevalent form.
Bob Mould

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cliff Richard




About two months ago I finished a gospel tour.
Cliff Richard

And, of course, Barbados is the other place where I like to be.
Cliff Richard

But if you have a solid walk with the Lord, then you won't fear that failure.
Cliff Richard

But Jesus changes your attitude towards yourself and towards other people.
Cliff Richard

But Portugal has a peaceful feel about it. I sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyard there and I feel cut off from the world. You need that sort of thing.
Cliff Richard

But, of course, one relies on the everyday people who just simply like your music, for whom you may not be a hobby but they enjoy being in your presence at a concert.
Cliff Richard

Celebrities meet a lot of people and we just can't maintain them all in our fuddled brains.
Cliff Richard

Financial support is one thing, but I always think what becomes really sacrificial is your time.
Cliff Richard

I can say I have become far more open about what I believe.
Cliff Richard

I don't mean that if you're a Christian, walking close to God, you will immediately gain celebrity. you may fail as an artist, because you may not have what the public want at that time, and you have to be prepared for that.
Cliff Richard

I have a group of people, about 40, in a local church in Surrey in England, who pray for me regularly.
Cliff Richard

I have tried to have a regular daily intake from my Bible, regardless of how late it is.
Cliff Richard

I involve myself in an organisation called Tear Fund.
Cliff Richard

I realised that God has placed Christians everywhere, to support each other, to support the needy in those areas, and that is the thing that I find is a great plus.
Cliff Richard

I'm very grateful because my fans are very loyal.
Cliff Richard

I've got two places I like to be. Portugal is one.
Cliff Richard

If I'm going to represent God I have to do it the best I can.
Cliff Richard

If you can play guitar and sing, you can probably get a gig down the road playing at a restaurant, but don't throw your life away chasing something that is so elusive it will only lead you to regret and may turn you bitter.
Cliff Richard

If you have got the public in the palm of your hand, you can be sure that is where they want to be.
Cliff Richard

It is important to have a circle of Christians friends, which I do have.
Cliff Richard

It's important to put all I have into my career.
Cliff Richard

It's the business I'm in, I can't say that signing things is the favourite part of my career but you know that it has to be done and that there is no pain involved.
Cliff Richard

Of course, when I started my career, like anyone else who was 16 at the time, we were besotted by the rock-n-roll scene from America, and all I was interested in was having a career of my own.
Cliff Richard

Our industry is full of all sorts of eccentricities and one of them is owning property.
Cliff Richard

So I will go as far as I can into rock and roll carrying my Christian banner.
Cliff Richard

Someone recommended that I read the Bible, and it was then I discovered that I knew nothing about it.
Cliff Richard

The more I read my Bible the more I veered away from the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Cliff Richard

The only advice I would give Christians entering the world of arts: give yourself a period of time, maybe three or four years. If you haven't made it in your chosen art form, dump it.
Cliff Richard

The thrill of hearing your own voice recorded is still there, I still love it, going into the studio and thinking how can I sing this song and between the producers and the musicians you find a way of doing it.
Cliff Richard

There is no better news, than the fact that Jesus can actually turn a life upside down and save it.
Cliff Richard

There's loads of things you can do to make things easy for your throat, you can drink a bit of lemon and hot water couple of spoons of honey, you can gargle with port, I've done it a couple of times myself - but don't swallow it!
Cliff Richard

We need to be adopted by God through Jesus - that was what happened to me, and that's what changed my life so that now, I can see that my career can be part of a calling.
Cliff Richard

We need to pray and read the Bible every day, and regardless of whatever else happens to you, that tends to keep you close to Him, because you are constantly in touch through His Word.
Cliff Richard

When I became a Christian my confidence grew.
Cliff Richard

When I use music on stage, the prime directive is to entertain the public, so it is different.
Cliff Richard

When you use music to worship you are not attempting to entertain.
Cliff Richard

When you're out there with thousands of people it's probably better to have a bigger show to look at, and it turned out really well and they videoed it for me.
Cliff Richard

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sammy Hagar




All he cares about is going out there with his Jack Daniels bottle. Nothing has changed. That's kind of sad. If David was doing better than he used to be, then that would be different. But it was a joke and he made it that way.
Sammy Hagar

Dave was great in Van Halen. No question about it. He was one of the best at being Mr. Rock Star. But it's sickening to see a guy still trying to be that with a wig on 20 years later.
Sammy Hagar

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.
Sammy Hagar

Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total opposite of what really happened. Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist. No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist.
Sammy Hagar

I didn't think I'd be around 30 years later.
Sammy Hagar

I don't want to talk about negative, dark things. The only thing I've got against stuff like Marilyn Manson is, they make unbelievable videos and unbelievable images.
Sammy Hagar

I had a solo career before Van Halen. My fan base filtered through Van Halen with me and came right on out the other side with me.
Sammy Hagar

I had written lyrics to a song called The Silent Extreme, which Alex later renamed Humans Being.
Sammy Hagar

I looked at Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and the boys up there thinking, I want to be that.
Sammy Hagar

I see couples fighting about the stupidest things. You just have to rise above everything.
Sammy Hagar

I think all the bad blood started when Geffen released a greatest hits package of my solo stuff.
Sammy Hagar

I wasn't writing the music. Ed would write a piece of music. I'd listen to it and come up with a melody and then we would arrange it. We'd put it together and I would write lyrics to my melodies.
Sammy Hagar

I would like to enlighten people.
Sammy Hagar

I'm John Lee Hooker in the sense that he was a blues man and he played blues his whole life. I'm a rock guy and I'm going to play rock music my whole life.
Sammy Hagar

I'm still raising kids myself, so I don't feel like a grandpa.
Sammy Hagar

I've been drinking tequila for a long time now, and it's never been about drinking to get drunk. I don't do that. I never drink tequila during the day, and I don't drive at night.
Sammy Hagar

I've never done a box set, and Eddie's full of it if he says otherwise.
Sammy Hagar

I've never met or spoken to David Lee Roth, yet it's rather ironic that even he's saying Eddie's lying about things. I'm saying he's not telling the truth, yet Eddie insists that the two of us are lying! You be the judge.
Sammy Hagar

If I would go up on a high note, Eddie would want a low one. That's how petty the situation had become.
Sammy Hagar

If I would have ever dreamed that I wouldn't be in Van Halen anymore and was going to have resume my solo career again, I would have never contributed anything towards my own greatest hits package.
Sammy Hagar

If you don't ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It's like the marathon runner. You've got to run, run, run to stay in shape.
Sammy Hagar

In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps.
Sammy Hagar

It's a good thing I don't read everything Eddie says, or I'd be up in arms and not enjoying my life.
Sammy Hagar

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.
Sammy Hagar

Overall, we had about 50 meetings where the brothers would say that I couldn't do any solo records, I couldn't write for other people, I couldn't do this and I couldn't do that. These guys were trying to nail my feet to the ground.
Sammy Hagar

Sometimes you're afraid to fall in love with a chick, but she sucks you in anyway.
Sammy Hagar

The reason I didn't fly over from Maui at their beck and call is my wife was about to have a baby at any time. Those guys knew that. These guys would not compromise and meet me halfway.
Sammy Hagar

The reason my voice is sounding more passionate is because I'm singing directly from the heart.
Sammy Hagar

To stay a great singer or guitar player, you've got to do it 24/7. That's what I do.
Sammy Hagar

We needed time off from each other after our last tour because there was a lot of personal stuff we had to take care of. Eddie needed hip replacement surgery. Al needed his back worked on. And I was going to have a baby.
Sammy Hagar

When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band.
Sammy Hagar

When they brought Roth back into the picture, obviously I didn't go along with that too well.
Sammy Hagar

When we were on the road, I found out that my greatest hits album went Gold. They freaked out. Things really came to a head when we started arguing about a Van Halen greatest hits package.
Sammy Hagar

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tanya Tucker




And as long as people want to hear me sing, I don't know why I'd retire.
Tanya Tucker

At one point, I didn't get out of bed for, I think, three months, and I went down to the bottom of the hill one day and I had to call somebody to get me to come back up - come pick me up because I couldn't physically walk up the hill.
Tanya Tucker

But the main thing is that medication, too, is not all the help.
Tanya Tucker

By the time I get done with my fans and my music and my kids and my family and my fiance and my horses, well, they suffer too, but, I don't really have much time left to do anything else.
Tanya Tucker

The more people told me that, you know, wow, you should be so blessed. Don't you feel blessed? And you have all this - mansion and all these beautiful things. And I said, you know - the more they told me that, the more depressed I got.
Tanya Tucker

There's no way to be able to tell what it's like to be a country singer until you're walking in the shoes.
Tanya Tucker

We live on a 500-acre ranch, beautiful ranch.
Tanya Tucker

We've got great fans that rock and roll won't have, because you can have a one-hit record and country music used to, not so much anymore and you have a fan forever.
Tanya Tucker

Well, I don't throw things. This particular night I brought one from the floor so to speak, and he ended up getting a cut over his head, and the police came, took him to another side of the hotel, and that was like September 6, 1981.
Tanya Tucker

Well, you know, certain - for one reason, I think that the intervention process is a good process for most people, but for me, it just looked like a bunch of my friends trying to get back at me and sit around taking jabs at me, you know, when I couldn't defend myself.
Tanya Tucker

When I was younger, I thought about retiring.
Tanya Tucker

Words are not even within me. They're not in my vocabulary to really express the kind of feeling that I had.
Tanya Tucker

You know, as any parent will say, you know, life happens.
Tanya Tucker

Elvis was a big influence to my music, but Loretta Lynn was, as well.
Tanya Tucker

Everybody has problems.
Tanya Tucker

He does all research now, but he put me on some medication, Zoloft, and, I tell you what, a lot of people have had pros and cons about it, but it was my wonder drug.
Tanya Tucker

I do enjoy making videos, even though they are long days and very hard work.
Tanya Tucker

I don't know what keeps me going. Sometimes I wonder... I think it's just pure perseverance and wanting to succeed and having that burning desire to always have success.
Tanya Tucker

I don't think I was really addicted. I used it as a party tool.
Tanya Tucker

I have an unending desire to be better and make myself a better person, better mother.
Tanya Tucker

I really like Alan Jackson, in Country Music. I think he's really very, very talented along with George Jones, and Merle Haggard, the same old favorites.
Tanya Tucker

I would much rather be a better mother or better human being than I would be a singer. Fortunately for me singing makes me a living.
Tanya Tucker

I'd like to do a Christmas album. I've never done a Christmas album.
Tanya Tucker

If the Cowboys and Titans ain't playing, I'm not interested.
Tanya Tucker

It's a good question, because to be believable is the only way that you could be successful.
Tanya Tucker

It's so funny because I listen to songs that I recorded that I didn't really know anything about at the time. Later on I'm starting to feel the songs. Sing them first, feel them later.
Tanya Tucker

Jeff Bodine was saying that when he gets depressed, that he cleans house.
Tanya Tucker

That's the era we grew up in. It's weak to go to a psychiatrist.
Tanya Tucker

The best thing is being able to perform in front of people and to express my feelings, whatever they may be at the time. Just to be able to make the world a happier place to be.
Tanya Tucker

David Lee Roth




A lot of rock bands are truly a legend in their own minds.
David Lee Roth

He who knows how will always work for he who knows why.
David Lee Roth

I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.
David Lee Roth

I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.
David Lee Roth

It doesn't get better, it doesn't get worse, but it sure gets different!
David Lee Roth

Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.
David Lee Roth

Music is like girlfriends to me; I'm continually astonished by the choices other people make.
David Lee Roth

People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage.
David Lee Roth

Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos.
David Lee Roth

The light you see at the end of the tunnel is the front of an oncoming train.
David Lee Roth

The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit.
David Lee Roth

The world's a stage, and I want the brightest spot.
David Lee Roth

When you get something like MTV, it's like regular television. You get it, and at first it's novel and brand new and then you watch every channel, every show. And then you become a little more selective and more selective, until ultimately... you wind up with a radio.
David Lee Roth

You stick your head above the crowd and attract attention and sometimes somebody will throw a rock at you. That's the territory. You buy the land, you get the Indians. David Lee Roth

Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon




A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
John Lennon

All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon

All you need is love.
John Lennon

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
John Lennon

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.
John Lennon

Everything is clearer when you're in love.
John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
John Lennon

Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
John Lennon

He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.
John Lennon

I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
John Lennon

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
John Lennon

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
John Lennon

I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
John Lennon

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.
John Lennon

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
John Lennon

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
John Lennon

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'.
John Lennon

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
John Lennon

It doesn't matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man.
John Lennon

It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You'd wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?
John Lennon

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
John Lennon

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
John Lennon

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
John Lennon

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
John Lennon

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.
John Lennon

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.
John Lennon

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
John Lennon

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
John Lennon

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
John Lennon

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
John Lennon

The more I see the less I know for sure.
John Lennon

The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.
John Lennon

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
John Lennon

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
John Lennon

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
John Lennon

We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
John Lennon

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.
John Lennon

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
John Lennon

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.
John Lennon

You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
John Lennon

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
John Lennon

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
John Lennon

You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
John Lennon

Friday, October 8, 2010

Johnny Ramone




My favorite artists have always been Elvis and The Beatles and they still are!
Johnny Ramone

As far as film goes, I enjoy all Hollywood films and all Horror films like The Bride of Frankenstein, which also might be my favorite. I like 60's and 70's Italian and Spanish Horror films.
Johnny Ramone

As far as my favorite songs to perform live, most of the songs we did live were my favorite. If they weren't, I would have gotten rid of them.
Johnny Ramone

I don't need much more money, and I thought that when I retired that nobody would want to talk to me anymore. Then I did, and people still want to talk to me.
Johnny Ramone

I'm just honored that people still like us and people are still nice to me.
Johnny Ramone

It was a job, and I was just doing my job.
Johnny Ramone

My favorite album would have to be Rocket To Russia. I feel this album has the most classic Ramones songs.
Johnny Ramone

My favorite artists have always been Elvis and The Beatles and they still are!
Johnny Ramone

Republicans let this happen over and over, and there is never anyone to stick up for them. They spend too much time defending themselves.
Johnny Ramone

We didn't sell a lot of records, but somehow we left an impression.
Johnny Ramone

Chevy Chase




A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
Chevy Chase

All my children inherited perfect pitch.
Chevy Chase

Anyone who wants to run has to be a Jimmy Swaggart, minus the default.
Chevy Chase

Every Vacation movie didn't just make the studio money. They each made the studio a lot of money.
Chevy Chase

I don't know if my looks will ever get any better, but my pratfalls sure won't.
Chevy Chase

I have three daughters. I wanted them to be raised where there are real seasons and where everyone their age wasn't trying to get into movies.
Chevy Chase

I just went into this business for laughs. I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now.
Chevy Chase

I learned a lot about handling fans from established stars.
Chevy Chase

I made about 28 movies, and I think about five of them were good.
Chevy Chase

I tell the person I won't take a picture or sign the autograph, but I will shake their hand. That kind of personal touch is all they're really seeking.
Chevy Chase

I think the Clintons are brilliant. I've never met a person as intelligent as Bill, and I think Hillary is right up there with him. They're too smart for Washington.
Chevy Chase

I was always the guy getting kicked out of my classes at school for having an attitude problem.
Chevy Chase

I watched every single Charlie Chaplin film.
Chevy Chase

I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.
Chevy Chase

If you're in the White House, it's your house, and you can invite whatever friend you want.
Chevy Chase

It took me 20 years of making movies to learn how to do it.
Chevy Chase

It's never a good idea for a celebrity to sign autographs or take pictures if a crowd is gathering.
Chevy Chase

Last good pratfall I did, I broke bones in both hands. I still feel it when people shake my hand.
Chevy Chase

Most of the films I've done were ruined in the postproduction, not during filming.
Chevy Chase

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else.
Chevy Chase

Parrots make great pets. They have more personality than goldfish.
Chevy Chase

Some Harvard guy said that acid would open our minds, pot wouldn't hurt us, and cocaine was benign.
Chevy Chase

Television doesn't make stars. It's the written media, the press, that makes stars.
Chevy Chase

The best comedy I ever did was when people didn't know who I was.
Chevy Chase

The fact was, Ford kept stumbling around. I didn't want him in the White House. I wanted Carter in, and I had a forum of 20 million people watching.
Chevy Chase

The first thing that happens is that you're overwhelmed by so much attention. It's just so unnatural. Only people who've been in that position can realize what it's like. I mean, you have to be there.
Chevy Chase

There are very few solid family films. A lot of the writing is awful.
Chevy Chase

They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch. You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase.
Chevy Chase

We never could have performed live for an hour and a half every week if we were doing drugs.
Chevy Chase

With Clinton, there's no question that I would have made fun of his out-and-out lying. But he's also a good friend.
Chevy Chase

You may have read that I went to M.I.T. In 1982 I filled out a Who's Who survey with joking responses, and they never bothered to check the facts.
Chevy Chase

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Michael W. Smith




But I know God has big stuff planned that ultimately doesn't have anything to do with me.
Michael W. Smith

Doing the instrumental thing, you're really looking for the power of the melody to carry the record.
Michael W. Smith

Even though we were all celebrities to a certain extent, we all looked at each other as family.
Michael W. Smith

For some reason, and for a time such as this, God has given me favor with kings and princes.
Michael W. Smith

God deserves the best from us.
Michael W. Smith

Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever.
Michael W. Smith

I believe people are afraid to be still because we're used to being stimulated.
Michael W. Smith

I sang at the Inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral.
Michael W. Smith

I sure love Ireland. The first trip I ever made was last year when I did this record in Dublin.
Michael W. Smith

I think if the church did what they were supposed to do we wouldn't have anyone sleeping on the streets.
Michael W. Smith

I think it all comes down to relationships - how I treat my wife, how I treat my kids, how I treat the guys at the grocery store, all aspects of every day, what I'm involved in.
Michael W. Smith

I think one of my greatest gifts is leading worship.
Michael W. Smith

I think The Big Picture was such a huge shift from my second record.
Michael W. Smith

I think there's a passion for God like never before.
Michael W. Smith

I think worship is a lifestyle, first of all.
Michael W. Smith

I, on the other hand, have a bit of a southern accent.
Michael W. Smith

I'm learning, but I'm getting better at it because I'm learning how to hear God in worship.
Michael W. Smith

I've been there and done all that, sold millions of records, and that doesn't bring you peace.
Michael W. Smith

I've explored the worship side, the pop side, and the film scoring side of me.
Michael W. Smith

I've said to others that there were places I had forgotten about that were just so powerful. I've read the Gospels many times, but it's been a while since I've read through a whole book.
Michael W. Smith

In terms of worship, I think we ought to have the right people leading.
Michael W. Smith

It's really interesting to go back to '93 or '94 and listen to that music, like the I'll Lead You Home record.
Michael W. Smith

Just look at the Old Testament. They didn't go out with the army first. They sent the musicians out.
Michael W. Smith

Love wasn't put in your heart to stay. Love isn't love until you give it away.
Michael W. Smith

Not everyone can lead worship.
Michael W. Smith

Really, I could care less if there's a Second Decade record.
Michael W. Smith

Some of the most powerful times are when we're quiet.
Michael W. Smith

There are a lot of bad worship songs, in my opinion, but there are a lot of good ones, too.
Michael W. Smith

Things change when you give your life to serving God, and that can be scary.
Michael W. Smith

This fall I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm starring in a film, an independent film.
Michael W. Smith

Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.
Michael W. Smith

We were engaged three-and-a-half weeks after the first date.
Michael W. Smith

We've probably never met, but I wish we had.
Michael W. Smith

John Cougar Mellencamp




A lot of record company people, even though they're our age, want to be perceived as young hip guys, and they're hurting the business.
John Mellencamp

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs. He would rework the melody and lyrics, and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
John Mellencamp

Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't considered cover records, but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.
John Mellencamp

Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No.
John Mellencamp

I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago. My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.
John Mellencamp

I don't have to worry about any pop sensibility. I can write adult songs, and I don't have to worry about choruses and hook lines.
John Mellencamp

I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty.
John Mellencamp

I think it's ridiculous to try to sell records to teenagers, because teenagers don't buy my records. And there ain't that many teenagers out there in the marketplace.
John Mellencamp

I thought I knew a lot about music. Then you start digging and the deeper you go, the more there is.
John Mellencamp

I want to sell to people my own age, because that's the way I write songs.
John Mellencamp

I would never say John Kerry would be a great president. I will say that George Bush has divided us; he has filled this country with hatred.
John Mellencamp

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song. Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain?
John Mellencamp

I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.
John Mellencamp

I'm wide open and will entertain anything anybody has to say, but if it's MTV and radio, well, they're great things, but can't be the only thing. I don't know that it would work even for the Beatles.
John Mellencamp

I'm your average Joe guy. I don't really care for politicians.
John Mellencamp

I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records, though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but it's really the best single I've ever had.
John Mellencamp

If fans are going to turn on me because of this, they weren't my fans anyway. I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this. I had to.
John Mellencamp

In so many musicals today, the story is moved forward by a song. I don't think we're gonna try to do that.
John Mellencamp

It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.
John Mellencamp

My thought was I should try to stick with names that people may recognize like Robert Johnson, Son House, and Hoagy Carmichael, so if somebody cared to research, they would find a wealth of material.

Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared.
John Mellencamp

People have the right to say what they want to.
John Mellencamp

People in Indiana have known me for 25 years. They've known George Bush four.
John Mellencamp

This is about black people selling out other black people.
John Mellencamp

This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
John Mellencamp

Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our future for the first time since the Great Depression. I don't care whose fault it is, it's the truth.
John Mellencamp

Wait a minute, guys, I have always been on your side. I have always spoken for you, always tried to put on a good face for the state of Indiana. All of a sudden, some of you people think I'm a bad guy?
John Mellencamp

We could walk 3 minutes and be on the beach. I think the music kind of suffered because of it. It kind of smelled like Jimmy Buffett, which is a bad thing.
John Mellencamp

What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail. So what? I failed at a lot of things. My first record was horrible.
John Mellencamp

What's the difference? One guy's the same as the other.
John Mellencamp

When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.
John Mellencamp

When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.
John Mellencamp

When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally.
John Mellencamp

You cannot expect the guy who drove the car into the ditch to navigate it out of the ditch. You have to put a new driver in the seat. I'm not saying the new driver is going to be any better, but we need a new driver. Kerry is the only choice.
John Mellencamp

Monday, October 4, 2010

Susan Sarandon




Before our kids start coming home from Iraq in body bags and women and children start dying in Baghdad, I need to know, what did Iraq do to us?
Susan Sarandon

Children reinvent your world for you.
Susan Sarandon

Do you really have to be the ice queen intellectual or the slut whore? Isn't there some way to be both?
Susan Sarandon

Everyone has a responsibility towards this larger family of man, but especially if you're privileged, that increases your responsibility.
Susan Sarandon

I feel my family's needs are a priority. I'm not comfortable with the idea of serving the many and ignoring my family.
Susan Sarandon

I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.
Susan Sarandon

I think I'm an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist.
Susan Sarandon

I think sometimes what happens is that all of this feeling out of control manifests itself in trying to control your body; whether it's an eating disorder or talking about getting your nose fixed, as if that's going to be the solution to all the pressure.
Susan Sarandon

I try to live my life every day in the present, and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.
Susan Sarandon

I was told I had an overabundance of original sin.
Susan Sarandon

I'm a native New Yorker. Everything to do with New York feels like my family.
Susan Sarandon

I'm tired of being labelled anti-American because I ask questions.
Susan Sarandon

If you walk down the street and see someone in a box, you have a choice. That person is either the other and you're fearful of them, or that person is an extension of your family. And that makes you at home in that world and not fearful. So really it's very self-serving.
Susan Sarandon

In the U.S., they just want to know who you're sleeping with.
Susan Sarandon

It is a different world than when I was growing up, and you started to just kind of maintain at thirty-five and just hope you can hope it together. People are a lot more vital than I am and doing all kinds of things and leading really important movements.
Susan Sarandon

It will be great when it's not such a big deal when a woman gets a good job.
Susan Sarandon

It's still not easy to find roles that offer more complex images of women.
Susan Sarandon

Just because I haven't yet had any project surgery, I'm not going to knock it, because I think women have the right to do whatever they want to their bodies that make them feel good about themselves.
Susan Sarandon

Making love is like hitting a baseball. You just gotta relax and concentrate.
Susan Sarandon

Now, Tim has been really, really busy, and it's been my job now to kind of deal with everything. And trying to figure out how we balance that, logistically it's a nightmare. But these little jobs make it much easier.
Susan Sarandon

So I would hope they would develop some kind of habit that involves understanding that their life is so full they can afford to give in all kinds of ways to other people. I consider that to be baseline spirituality.
Susan Sarandon

The only thing I can talk about is just forgiving yourself, because I do not have everything together. And so I tell people: No, you should see my house, it's a mess.
Susan Sarandon

The only time I've really been away from my kids to do work was doing Shall We Dance because they both were in camp and it was the first time in twenty years that I haven't been with my kids.
Susan Sarandon

To know that once you decide to look at life outside of the narrow limits of just your world and start to understand that you can make a difference in very simple ways - in volunteering and all the way up to bigger world problems.
Susan Sarandon

We stand a chance of getting a president who has probably killed more people before he gets into office than any president in the history of the United States.
Susan Sarandon

When I tell people I'm a comedian they say, 'Oh, are you funny?' I say, 'No, it's not that kind of comedy.'
Susan Sarandon

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.
Susan Sarandon

You guys ask really long questions. In the U.S., they just want to know who you're sleeping with.
Susan Sarandon

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chubby Checker




Before I got in this business I was in the chicken business.
Chubby Checker

Besides, at 62 years old I look like I'm about 27.
Chubby Checker

Dancing, apart to music with a beat, is my legacy.
Chubby Checker

Do you realize that I have had five albums in the Top 30. Elvis and The Beatles have never done that. I had five singles in the Top 5, I mean, no one's ever done that.
Chubby Checker

Ever see a little kid walking around talking to himself? I'm the same way.
Chubby Checker

Everybody in the '80s, well, we hate rap. Now, the biggest rapper in the world... Eminem. Rap's a black thing.
Chubby Checker

God's got something for me. I have faith it'll be OK.
Chubby Checker

Homey don't quit. What else are you gonna do? It's like those guys in the cartoon they get up in the morning, check the clock and fight all day and after it's over they check the clock and go home. That's how it goes.
Chubby Checker

I compare the Twist to the electric light, The Twist is me, and I'm it. I'm the electric light.
Chubby Checker

I want my flowers while I'm alive.
Chubby Checker

I want people to look at a checkerboard and think of me!
Chubby Checker

I'm just grateful to be on this planet. I have no enemies that I know of. I'm just the guy who makes happy.
Chubby Checker

It takes a real soldier to stay in the music industry and live off the things that have been put before me and be able to survive all this time because it has not been easy.
Chubby Checker

Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears all the rappers, they're doing my dances and they're making billions doing my dances. When they do that little thing they do with their hands that's The Fly and The Pony.
Chubby Checker

My outlet is my music, and it's been this way since I was 4 years old.
Chubby Checker

What turns me on is to walk into a sold-out venue. The audiences are so much the same as they were in the '60s. It's just an amazing thing. I can't explain it, but I hope it never stops.
Chubby Checker

When I'm onstage they know I'm honest, and I try to be as humble as I can.
Chubby Checker

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jerry Lee Lewis ("Killer Pianist")




Either be hot or cold. If you are lukewarm, the Lord will spew you forth from His mouth. Jerry Lee Lewis

Hippies? Why, I'm the original. Jerry Lee Lewis

I'm a rompin', stompin', piano playing son of a bitch. A mean son of a bitch.
Jerry Lee Lewis

If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano.
Jerry Lee Lewis

Other people - they practice and they practice... these fingers of mine, they got brains in 'em. You don't tell them what to do - they do it. God given talent.
Jerry Lee Lewis

When they look back on me I want 'em to remember me not for all my wives, although I've had a few, and certainly not for any mansions or high livin' money I made and spent. I want 'em to remember me simply for my music.
Jerry Lee Lewis

Y'know, there's nothin' like tearing up a good club now and then.
Jerry Lee Lewis

You've got to walk and talk with God to go to heaven... I have the devil in me! If I didn't have, I'd be Christian! Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Olivia Newton-John




Family, nature and health all go together.
Olivia Newton-John

I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it.
Olivia Newton-John

I live every day to its fullest extent and I don't sweat the small stuff.
Olivia Newton-John

I love life and nothing intimidates me anymore.
Olivia Newton-John

I love that quiet time when nobody's up and the animals are all happy to see me.
Olivia Newton-John

I simply have a marvellous life, a very lucky life.
Olivia Newton-John

I'm happy, and I think being happy keeps you looking young.
Olivia Newton-John

My memories are inside me - they're not things or a place - I can take them anywhere.
Olivia Newton-John

Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It's better than art because it's from the creator.
Olivia Newton-John

Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Olivia Newton-John

The only weights I lift are my dogs.
Olivia Newton-John

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.
Olivia Newton-John

We print 37 million copies, and we found out about the unfortunate news as we were putting the issue to bed.
Olivia Newton-John

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jim Henson




Actually the copies of characters is something I don't particularly like to talk about in articles but just for your information, most characters there's only one.
Jim Henson

And also there wasn't much money in television in those days anyhow.
Jim Henson

At the time of Polaroid - and I did a couple of other commercials just before I stopped doing that stuff - at that point I was at the level where they respect you and your opinion and all that sort of thing.
Jim Henson

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.
Jim Henson

But with The Dark Crystal, instead of puppetry we're trying to go toward a sense of realism - toward a reality of creatures that are actually alive and we're mixing up puppetry and all kinds of other techniques.
Jim Henson

I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint.
Jim Henson

I do remember doing shows strictly in black and white, too, so you're right.
Jim Henson

I think my own strengths are in television production.
Jim Henson

I was very interested in theatre, mostly in stage design. I did a little bit of acting.
Jim Henson

I've never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we're all friends; we're all good friends.
Jim Henson

If anything, there's a difference in working with color in England and the color in the US.
Jim Henson

If you're doing a large, complicated character with radio controls, it might take a number of people several months to make it and if you're talking about a quick little hand puppet, it could be made in 2 days, so there's enormous range there, and no real easy generalities.
Jim Henson

It has always been difficult to get Big Bird to be very pretty. Big Bird in England is much more gorgeous.
Jim Henson

It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself.
Jim Henson

Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
Jim Henson

My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
Jim Henson

NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets, so I barely remember working in black and white, although I do know that I did do it, but there was not a major difference, though.
Jim Henson

No, there's not much competition between puppeteers in general because everybody's working their own style.
Jim Henson

Somebody like a Piggy or a Kermit, there needs to be several versions and so there will be several of them.
Jim Henson

The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.
Jim Henson

There was a little afternoon show that was called Afternoon. Back in those days in television, most local stations had a midday show for housewives that had a series of things. It was like a variety show for midday.
Jim Henson

We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that' s what we're intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.
Jim Henson

Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key - probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.
Jim Henson

When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.
Jim Henson

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
Jim Henson

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
Jim Henson

Yeah, I did some small parts in high school and the first year of college and then fairly soon thereafter I settled into the backstage scenery, and then at the University of Maryland I was doing posters for their productions.
Jim Henson

Yeah, I think we did the term Muppets before we got the show Sam and Friends - a few months after I started working.
Jim Henson

Yeah, we pretty much had a form and a shape by that time - a style - and I think one of the advantages of not having any relationship to any other puppeteer was that it gave me a reason to put those together myself for the needs of television.
Jim Henson

Yeah, well when I first started working, it was $5 a show; it was probably a little higher by the time I got to my own show, but I remember that they put me under contract at $100 a week, which to me was really an astronomical price.
Jim Henson

You're assisting the audience to understand; you're giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don't give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it's almost more pure. It's a cooler thing.
Jim Henson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jason Alexander




But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker.
Jason Alexander

I still don't know much about directing a movie.
Jason Alexander

I would work with any one of them again in a heartbeat because it was joyous and incredibly easy.
Jason Alexander

I'm always more motivated by the pain of a funny character than by what makes him funny.
Jason Alexander

The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work.
Jason Alexander

The show is like an Edwardian play - emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in.
Jason Alexander

The thing about For Better or Worse is the only thing that made me an okay director for that is that I have a sense of humor, and it was supposed to be funny.
Jason Alexander

We made a deal that was acceptable to us. We got paid very handsomely for our final season.
Jason Alexander

Well, let's put in this way, I grew up in West New York, New Jersey.
Jason Alexander

You know, because of the lack of budget, we had to find neighborhoods where time had stopped - kind of stuck in the '50s. And no place had that better than Staten Island.
Jason Alexander

Ray Charles




Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.
Ray Charles

I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
Ray Charles

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
Ray Charles

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
Ray Charles

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
Ray Charles

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
Ray Charles

Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
Ray Charles

Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
Ray Charles

Music's been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal.
Ray Charles

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
Ray Charles

My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
Ray Charles

The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural. Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
Ray Charles

There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
Ray Charles

There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, "If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles."
Ray Charles

What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Ray Charles

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
Ray Charles

'The Boss'




Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks- and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves.
Bruce Springsteen

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.
Bruce Springsteen

But I think that your entire life is a process of sorting out some of those early messages that you got.
Bruce Springsteen

But then I go through long periods where I don't listen to things, usually when I'm working. In between the records and in between the writing I suck up books and music and movies and anything I can find.
Bruce Springsteen

Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music.
Bruce Springsteen

From the beginning, I imagined I would have a long work life.
Bruce Springsteen

I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally - with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children.
Bruce Springsteen

I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence, there's innocence contained in you but there's also innocence in the process of being lost.
Bruce Springsteen

I didn't know if it would be a success-ful one, or what the stages would be, but I always saw myself as a lifetime musician and songwriter.
Bruce Springsteen

I do a lot of curiosity buying; I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination. I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I'll buy whatever catches my attention.
Bruce Springsteen

I hadn't performed by myself in a while. It feels very natural to me, and I assume people come for the very same reasons as they do when I'm with the band: to be moved, for something to happen to them.
Bruce Springsteen

I have my ideas, I have my music and I also just enjoy showing off, so that's a big part of it. Also, I like to get up onstage and behave insanely or express myself physically, and the band can get pretty silly.
Bruce Springsteen

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.
Bruce Springsteen

I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you're 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life - certainly by the time you're 18.
Bruce Springsteen

I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.
Bruce Springsteen

I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.
Bruce Springsteen

I'm a synthesist. I'm always making music. And I make a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Some of it gets finished and some of it doesn't.
Bruce Springsteen

If they had told me I was the janitor and would have to mop up and clean the toilets after the show in order to play, I probably would have done it.
Bruce Springsteen

In America everything's about who's number one today.
Bruce Springsteen

In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father's voice. But isn't that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy's shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.
Bruce Springsteen

In the past, some of the songs that were the most fun, and the most entertaining and rocking, fell by the wayside because I was concerned with what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.
Bruce Springsteen

It's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin and can't stand the company.
Bruce Springsteen

It's always felt natural, because I'm generally very comfortable with people.
Bruce Springsteen

My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
Bruce Springsteen

My only general rule was to steer away from things I played with the band over the past couple of tours. I was interested in re-shaping the Rising material for live shows, so people could hear the bare bones of that.
Bruce Springsteen

No, I always felt that amongst my core fans- because there was a level of popularity that I had in the mid '80s that was sort of a bump on the scale- they fundamentally understood the values that are at work in my work.
Bruce Springsteen

Plus, you know, when I was young, there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music - look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing, and I always also believed that it released the audience.
Bruce Springsteen

Talk about a dream, try to make it real.
Bruce Springsteen

The audiences are there as a result of my history with the band but also as a result of my being able to reach people with a tune.
Bruce Springsteen

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
Bruce Springsteen

The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
Bruce Springsteen

The only thing I can say about having this type of success is that you can get yourself in trouble because basically the world is set open for you. People will say yes to anything you ask, so it's basically down to you and what you want or need.
Bruce Springsteen

The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.
Bruce Springsteen

This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for.
Bruce Springsteen

When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records. I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.
Bruce Springsteen

When it comes to luck, you make your own.
Bruce Springsteen

Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.
Bruce Springsteen

Yeah, my son likes a lot of guitar bands. He gave me something the other day which was really good. He'll burn a CD for me full of things that he has, so he's a pretty good call if I want to check some of that stuff out... The other two aren't quite into that yet.
Bruce Springsteen

You can go from doing something quite silly to something dead serious in the blink of an eye, and if you're making those connections with your audience then they're going to go right along with it.
Bruce Springsteen

Your spoken voice is a part of it - not a big part of it, but it's something. It puts people at ease, and once again kind of reaches out and makes a bridge for what's otherwise difficult music.
Bruce Springsteen

Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you're trying to say on stage. Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.
Bruce Springsteen