There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.
My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge.
Buddy Rich was one of the most incredible technicians in the world, on this planet, but the only people he could really impress, who knew what he was doing was another musician or another drummer.
As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
I used to be a mean maniac. Someone once threw a firecracker at a show and I jumped off the side of the stage and whacked 'em on the side of the head.
Every song is like a painting.
I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.
I'll never die. I'll just explode, right there before your eyes, onstage.
Music is an attitude. It's a sensation to the average person, to the human being. And keep it simple, stupid. That's always been my theory.
I'll just tell you the way it is. You ask me what time it is and I'm gonna tell you how to build a clock.
You know, music is sex. It's a sensual driving mode that affects people if it's played a certain way.
I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.
I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys.
I can play every instrument there is, every horn, I've played all the saxes and trumpets and everything and keyboards.
Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt.
I almost had to have my leg amputated because of an infection.
I always felt people should live with animals.
I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people.
I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
I don't claim to be a musician, I didn't go to Julliard.
People just loved the sound because I kept it simple.
When I start playing I'm just a rollercoaster of sound. I don't know what's coming next, I never do, and I sit and sign and talk to the people afterwards.
I'm constantly being influenced by the soul that's directly in front of me.
My son now is 22 months old, he's been playing since he was 12 months old and he gets standing ovations on the drums. He's been with us since he was 10 weeks old, he's been on the drums. He's got blisters on his fingers before he can even talk.
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