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A real prison breakfast" I said."Yeah, but we are free."And that summed it up.
I work to Glenn Gould in the morning and go to sleep listening to Parsifal.
Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all.
Please, no matter how we advance in technology please don't abandon the book-there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book.
Secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.
He picks the lock of her dreams with her own hairpin.
Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.
To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It's freedom.
My mom loved rock n' roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.
He took twelve pictures that day.Within a few days he showed me the contact sheet. "This one has the magic, " he said. When I look at it now, I never see me. I see us.
You can't change the world you can't fix the whole environment. But you can recycle. You can turn the water off when you're brushing your teeth. You can do small things.
Christ was a man worthy to rebel against, for he was rebellion itself.
For Christmas every year, my mother used to give me those cheap little diaries that would tell your horoscope and provide a little blank slot for each day.
It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was.
I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one
My parents had three kids right after the Second World War, and we were all sort of sickly. Then I had a fourth sibling, with very serious asthma. The medical bills... So my parents always struggled.
I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth
I'm not afraid of terrorism at all. I'm afraid of loss of our freedom, loss of mobility, loss of global comradeship.
It ain't so easy writing about nothin
There's always new stuff, that's for sure.
Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.
-What is nothing? I impetuously asked.-It is what you can see of your eyes without a mirror, was the answer.
The thing is, it's not uncool to worry about people who seem like they're going on the wrong path. There's nothing cool about being self-destructive.
Good news doesn't necessarily have to be a positive thing. Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man.
It's not uncool to worry about people who seem like they're going on the wrong path. There's nothing cool about being self-destructive.
I wanted to cry so bad, but my tears are inside. A blindfold keeps them there. I can’t see today. Patti, I don’t know anything.
The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.
Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself?
I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn't vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords. That was my original mission.
Truthfully, I don't really think of myself as a photographer. I don't have all the disciplines and knowledge of a person who's spent their life devoted to photography.
And the eye became a body, the murky heart of a rose. The sinister shadow of an orchid. Or the indolent poppy balanced behind the ear of Baudelaire.
Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.
He wasn't supposed to die, ' he cried out, somewhat desperately, petulantly, like a spoiled child. But I could hear other thoughts racing between us.Neither are you.Neither am I.
Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.
The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keeps your mind elastic.
Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.
My mom loved rock 'n roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around.
In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.
I'm a human being, I'm a friend, I'm a mom, I'm a writer, and I'm an artist. I do play electric guitar and all of that, but in the end, I'm just a person.
In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.
It was like being at an Arabian hoedown with a band of psychedelic hillbillies (p. 171).
I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand, that Joplin had the last drunken throat, that Morrison had the last enlightened mind.
He wrote me a note to say we would create art together and we would make it, with or without the rest of the world.
What I really like is an intelligent review. It doesn't have to be positive. A review that has some kind of insight, and sometimes people say something that's startling or is so poignant.
What I wanted to do in rock 'n roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes, and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.
I didn't love Jim Morrison 'cause he was self-destructive. I loved him because of his work. Because of the way he merged poetry and rock-and-roll. Because he did something new.
All I needed for the mind was to be led to new stations. All I needed for the heart was to visit a place of greater storms.
Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
People wouldn't know this about me, but I adore ball gowns. I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them.