Once I retire and slow down, I don't want to be in New York. I want to be somewhere near a lake or a pond, so that on my days when I have nothing to do, I can go fishing.
I'll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my progress. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road to give the people what they want,
Phish is such a good band; they just make stuff up as a jam band.
Music is my happiness, my joy, and when my body wasn't right I couldn't get into my music without being healed, without being healthy.
Every time I do a gig, my goal is getting new fans.
The only thing I wanted to accomplish was to finally get recognized by the music industry. If you know the awards, answer me this question: Do you see an award for soul music? No. They have R&B, funk, hip-hop and all sorts of contemporary things.
I'm going to keep on keeping on as long as I've got my health and strength, and God gives me that will to do it.
If God watches over a little sparrow, you know, if he takes care of the birds, a little sparrow. Here I am, one of his children, you know, he got so many of us down here. Human beings that send our faith up and believe. And if he watch over a sparrow, I know he watches over me.
I'm singing, you know, because I'm happy and I'm free.
Singing is my life. And when I can do that, that's when I'm free. That's when I'm at my happiest, I'm at my most.
I never took any kind of vocal lessons or teachings of how to - I never even took piano lessons. And a voice just came to me and said, go play the piano in the church...
Everything I've done and everything I've gained in my life has been with my music.
Not only do I say, get up and get out, I tell the cancer to get up and get out. And if you don't get up and get out, I'm going to shout you out. And I get to shout.
Play with me and you play with fire.
God's eye is on a sparrow. And I know, oh, yes I know, he watches over me.
I sing because I'm happy.
I just want to give my love to God.
I just want to be able to get onstage and move and move around.
I don't want to be home just taking medicine and waiting to die, you know? That's not something I'm about.
You know a man can play the part of a saint just so long for a day comes when his true, his true self unfolds.
There ain't no way I'm going to be droppin' nothing. If I was in my twenties, maybe. But now I try to keep it looking decent. I don't want to expose too much of my bare ass.
I'm lookin' at these Disney characters, these young girls coming out looking like, little whores.
I'm grateful to be alive, because I really did not think I was going to be alive, onstage performing songs.
My goal for these next few years, for the next forever, is to try and keep positive things around me. If somebody is coming at me with negative stuff, just back away from me.
I'm not going to sing something if it doesn't make sense to me, or if it makes me look like I'm begging someone or I'm weak, because that's not me.
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