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.
I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
Every song is like a painting.
...I enjoyed it (Dr.Ducks Ax Wax) .. in fact I'm all out...
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.
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.
I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
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 don't claim to be a musician, I didn't go to Julliard.
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.
You know, music is sex. It's a sensual driving mode that affects people if it's played a certain way.
People just loved the sound because I kept it simple.
I became stereotyped.
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