Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time.
Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all fear and confusion.
Music survives everything, and like God, it is always present. It needs no help, and suffers no hindrance.
One of the most beneficial things I've ever learned is how to keep my mouth shut.
Music will always find its way to us, with or without business, politics, religion, or any other bullshit attached.
My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity.
It's been up to me to inspire me.
Plant your love and let it grow.
Risk is trying to control something you are powerless over.
All along this path I tread, my heart betrays my weary head, with nothing but my love to save, from the cradle to the grave.
Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself.
For me, the most trustworthy vehicle for spirituality had always proven to be music.
You can't mastermind everything. You'll go crazy. Just show up and play.
The blues are what I've turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life.
In playing, I suppose my greatest gift was to express the way I felt or the willingness to express myself.
In my lowest moments, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink any more if I was dead.
Whatever your standing in life, the most important thing is behaving in ways that help other people. It's the same with music. I am a servant of the music ... and if I get caught up in ego, I'll lose everything .. it'll burn and that's a guarantee.
My selective memory of what drinking was like told me that standing at the bar in a pub, on a summer's evening with a long, tall glass of lager and lime was heaven, and I chose not to remember the nights on which I had sat with a bottle of vodka, a gram of coke and a shotgun, contemplating suicide.
When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it's a pretty honorable position to be in.
I don't know if I believe in luck. I think I'm very fortunate.
The point of being at home is to be with my family as much as possible.
For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.
Loose ladies on the road will drive you crazy, every no, becomes a maybe.
Lately I've been running on faith.
Would you know my name, if I saw you in Heaven?
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