Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.
Many times I wondered if I were truly carrying out God's plan for my life.
There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.
Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.
If you put all your strength and faith and vigor into a job and try to do the best you can, the money will come.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
I have a tremendous desire to learn, and to grow, and to develop whatever I have that will make for any kind of improvement in me.
If I live to be 90, and I'm planning to, I'll always love performing for a live audience.
In spite of the Depression, or maybe because of it, folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of dancing seemed a good way to have it.
It's curious how we act in moments of personal despair.
My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn't know.
I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
If any performer has quality in his voice he can almost always be helped to develop all the other necessary attributes.
I was so anxious to succeed that I made a practice of appearing on all the disc jockey shows I could, in order to publicize the band.
I played a Spaniard. I looked about as Spanish as any other fair-skinned German.
I always worried I'd forget my lines or say the wrong words or the audience would laugh in the wrong places.
Duke Ellington was famous for hs very original harmonic patterns.
To be granted some kind of usable talent and to be able to use it to the fullest extent of which you are capable - this, to me, is a kind of joy that is almost unequaled.
I knew nothing of the real life of a musician, but I seemed to see myself standing in front of great crowds of people, playing my accordion.
I like clean ladies and nice ladies.
Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor.
I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.
Music was my joy, my home, the one place I felt happy and secure.
Boys, if you don't stick together, how do you expect me to follow you-ah?
You know, it's a long world.
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