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Quote of the day, Aug. 9

August 8, 2017

Jimmy Webb, from “Wichita Lineman” (1968)

And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time …

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2017

Pete Seeger, on education

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Quote of the day, July 12

July 13, 2017

Richard Thompson, from “King of Bohemia”

Did your dreams die young
Were they too hard won
Did you reach too high and fall
And there is no rest
For the ones God blessed
And he blessed you best of all
Your eyes seem from a different face
They’ve seen that much that soon …

Quote of the day, May 17

May 17, 2017

The Jam, from “Standards”

Oh we make the standards and we make the rules
And if you don’t abide by them you must be a fool
We have the power to control the whole land
You never must question our motives or plans –
‘Cause we’ll outlaw your voices, do anything we want
We’ve nothing to fear from the nation
We’ll throw you out of your houses if you get too much
If we have to we’ll destroy your generation …

Quote of the day, May 16

May 17, 2017

Billy Bragg, from “It Says Here”

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they’d rather you believe
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress …

Quote of the day, May 9

May 9, 2017

R.E.M., from “World Leader Pretend”

I sit at my table and wage war on myself
It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing
I know the barricades
And I know the mortar in the wall breaks
I recognise the weapons, I’ve used them well

This is my mistake
Let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down

I’ve a rich understanding of my finest defences
I proclaim that claims are left unstated
I demand a rematch

I decree a stalemate
I divine my deeper motives
I recognise the weapons
I’ve practised them well
I fitted them myself

It’s amazing what devices you can sympathize
Empathise
This is my mistake, let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down ….

Quote of the day, May 6

May 6, 2017

REM, from “Orange Crush”

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me (oh, oh)

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me (oh, oh)

High on the booze
In a tent
Paved with blood
Nine inch howl
Brave the night
Chopper comin’ in, you hope …

 

Quote of the day, April 25

April 25, 2017

Itzhak Perlman, on teaching

“One of the main things about teaching is not what you say but what you don’t say. When you hear someone play, you have to work out the way they do things naturally and then leave them alone, because you want the naturalness to be there still.”

 

Quote of the day, April 12

April 13, 2017

Ryan Adams, from “Stay with Me”

Love, when you call my name,
It sends me running into the flame
I love you baby, just treat me right
Hold me closer in the middle of the night
I love you girl, and it’s alright
Stay with me …

Quote of the day, March 15

March 15, 2017

Igor Stravinsky, on composing

“I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”