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.
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.
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.
My uncle gave me a trumpet, but I loved the Louis Armstrong sound and the Harry James sound and I played by ear and I played always soulful or very direct from the gut.
The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
Jimi was a good guy 'til he got into drugs. That's the way it is. I just tell it like it is.
I've got holes in my guitar.
My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
I became stereotyped.
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'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 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 met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.
I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people.
I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
You can't eat fish. It's 6,000 parts DDT per million all over the world, not counting radiation.
...I enjoyed it (Dr.Ducks Ax Wax) .. in fact I'm all out...
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 always felt people should live with animals.
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