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I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.
Take a walk on the wild side.
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.
Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.
But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but.
Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.
Life's like a mayonnaise soda.
These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.
I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.
You do this because you like it, you think what you're making is beautiful. And if you think it's beautiful, maybe they think it's beautiful.
The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
You can't beat two guitars, bass, and drums.
It always bothers me to see people writing RIP when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop out. To me, RIP is the microwave dinner of posthumous honours.
Give me your hungry, your tired, your poor, that's what the Statue of Bigotry says. Your poor huddled masses, let's just club them to death, and get it over with.
My God is rock'n'roll.
There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time.
There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
Things always seem to end before they start
Underachievers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose except your fright.
I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?
Meditation doesn't have to be complicated. What I do is about as simple as you can get. You could just count the beads, one, two, three, with your eyes closed or open, whatever makes you happy.
Herpes, AIDS, the Middle East at full throttle. Better check that sausage before you put it in the waffle.
Between thought and expression lies a lifetime.
But I found tai chi when I was studying with Leung Shum, who teaches Eagle Claw and Wu Hao.
All I want to do, is write rock and roll that you could listen to as you got older, and it wouldn't lose anything; it would be timeless, in the subject matter and the literacy of the lyrics.
Well, everybody does something, some people race cars, others collect stamps, I find tai chi to be philosophically, aesthetically, physically and spiritually fascinating.
I would like to live to a ripe old age and raise watermelons in Wyoming.
I'm tearing down Route 80 East, the sun's on my right side. I'm drunk, but my vision's good.
An eye for an eye is elemental.
If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
You do what you love, or you get arrested.
That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.
I can create a vibe without saying anything, just by being in the room.
You can't always trust your mother.
I like druggy downtown kids who spray paint walls and trains. I like their lack of training, their primitive technique. I think it hurts you, when you stay too long in school.
I'll tell ya, I'm a genuinely nice guy. I really am. A real nice guy. But I think I'm temperamental.
It's the music that kept us all intact, kept us from going crazy.
You know the expression 'God protects fools and drunks'? I qualify for both.
My God is rock'n'roll. It's an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
I like mindless disco... they say the lyrics are stupid and repetitious. So what's wrong with that? So is lying in the sun. Not everything has to be serious.
Any human being should have a tolerance for anybody.
My week beats your year.
Does anyone need yet another politician caught with his pants down and money sticking in his hole?
I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.
Nothing beats 2 guitars, drum and bass.
It's just a temporary thing.