Southside Johnny

“…when we started playing, we were booked at the Upstage [in Asbury Park] and we used to do eight 45-minute shows. So you had to learn a million songs, and Garry [Tallent], Vini [Lopez], Bruce [Springsteen] and the guys, we’d jam and anyone who wanted to play would join you on stage.”

Southside Johnny

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Kurt Cobain

“That’s what music is: entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it.”

Kurt Cobain

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Bono

“U2 is an original species… there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.”

Bono

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Billy Joel

“I’m writing for the sake of writing music. Whether it gets heard or not isn’t an issue for me. It keeps my own juices going and my mind active.”    Billy Joel

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John Lennon

“Many people ask what are Beatles? Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles, how did the name arrive? So we will tell you. It came in a vision – a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them ’From this day on you are Beatles with an A.’ Thank you, Mister Man, they said, thanking him.”

John Lennon

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Elton John

“I don’t have to compete in the charts. I can just be myself as a musician, a songwriter and play with the musicians that I really love.”

Elton John

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Joe Cocker

““I have one message for young musicians around the world: Stay true to your heart, believe in yourself, and work hard.”    Joe Cocker

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Van Morrison

“Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”

Van Morrison

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“Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.”

Van Morrison

 

Steve Vai

“All musicians practice ear training constantly, whether or not they are cognizant of it. If, when listening to a piece of music, a musician is envisioning how to play it or is trying to play along, that musician is using his or her ‘ear’ – the understanding and recognition of musical elements – for guidance.”

Steve Vai

Steve Vai

B.B.King

“When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!”

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