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Who am I to blow against the wind?
– Paul Simon
I question what emotion Manilow touches. People are entertained by him. But are they emotionally moved? I don’t believe anything that Barry Manilow sings.
My whole artistic life has always been about change, change, change, move on, move on. It’s the only thing I find interesting.
Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?
You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
I don’t like fashion. It’s very heartless.
People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.
I’m more interested in what I discover than what I invent.
Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
We were always able to sing and blend well together; that’s our gift. But aside from that, we’re really two different guys.
I try to open up my heart as much as I can and keep a real keen eye out that I don’t get sentimental. I think we’re all afraid to reveal our hearts. It’s not at all in fashion.
Being an artist doesn’t mean that you’re a good artist. That was the bargain I first made with myself: I’d say, I’m an artist, but I’m not really very good.
I suppose an artist takes the elements of his life and rearranges them and then has them perceived by others as though they were the elements of their lives.
Artie is a singer, and I’m a writer and player and a singer. We didn’t work together on a creative level and prepare the songs. I did that.
We had many more points of agreement than we had points of difference, but we did differ, and the bigger we got, the more insistent we got that each one of us should have his way.
The record company stay out of my way. Whenever the record is finished, they take it.
I’m not in it for the money. I like music. I love to write music. I can’t imagine myself not playing or singing or writing. It would just drive me crazy if I didn’t.
I don’t believe what the papers are saying They’re just out to capture my dime, Exaggerating this, exaggerating that.
I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature, if you really want to get brutal about it.
As long as you have capital punishment there is no guarantee that innocent people won’t be put to death.
We got on American Bandstand, where kids would dance to a record and then rate it. We called ourselves Tom and Jerry. I was Jerry.
We just did what we’d done when we were an act in the ’60s. But I found it impossible to hold a dialogue with 500,000 people. In a certain sense, it was numbing.
I don’t think that Simon and Garfunkel as a live act compares to Simon and Garfunkel as a studio act.
My life so common it disappears and sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears.
Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.
Listen to the sound of silence.
Having a track record to live up to and the history of successes had become a hindrance. It becomes harder to break out of what people expect you to do.
I lived in an attached house. My father used to drive into the wrong driveway all the time. He’d say, Damn it, how do you tell one of these houses from another?
Artie travels all the time. The rehearsals were just miserable. Artie and I fought all the time. He didn’t want to do the show with my band; he just wanted me on acoustic guitar.
Without Arthur’s voice, I never would have enjoyed that success.