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Bill Bruford Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bill Bruford.

We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
- Bill Bruford

The piano is kind of my second instrument.
- Bill Bruford

I practice at home, in between phone calls,
and have much to do.
- Bill Bruford

If I was hearing something I couldn't do,
I would figure out how to do it.
- Bill Bruford

 

Sometimes I had to room with Tony Kaye and that was awful.
- Bill Bruford

I don't really remember a whole lot of sex,
drugs and rock n' roll, really.
- Bill Bruford

But what I think my emphasis is, is on the fact that I like music a lot.
- Bill Bruford

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At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy.
- Bill Bruford

We were from totally different social backgrounds.
This is what is very hard for an American to understand,
but we could have been five guys from Mars.
- Bill Bruford

Plus I am being hounded by all the fabulous new drummers,
Bill Stewart at the head of the pack.
- Bill Bruford

This amateurism however, can sometimes be helpful in forging a style;
you have to work around your weaknesses.
- Bill Bruford

And we'd drink huge amounts of scotch and coke,
which is a ghastly sweet drink...
And now people don't drink nearly as much,
for good reason.
We're all a little wiser.
- Bill Bruford

Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind,
Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise,
all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.
- Bill Bruford

So I have the classic amateur's technique;
I know some very tricky bits and I have large gaping holes.
- Bill Bruford

I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who
were nervous about what they had just bought for a
jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase,
but are increasingly coming again.
- Bill Bruford

If it's fast, no I don't have enough piano technique.
In that case, it's probably been done on some kind
of synthesizer or sequencer.
Then the score can then be printed out and so forth.
- Bill Bruford

I seldom play in a trio, but acoustic music is likely to be lighter,
quicker, and quieter.
- Bill Bruford

I mean, Chris is, I'm sure, a wonderful guy.
But in those days he also very, very late.
For all appointments and departures and arrivals and
sound checks and anything.
- Bill Bruford

The best practice you can get is on the bandstand,
but in between gigs I feel I have to stay in shape.
- Bill Bruford

And I like messing around in the engine room of music.
Seeing what happens in the rhythm section area.
- Bill Bruford

I didn't write any music at all, and then,
I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying
that there were two kinds of musicians:
the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't.
- Bill Bruford

I listen to Bill Stewart play the drums and when I
have finished doing that,
I listen to Bill Stewart.
- Bill Bruford

We all lived in the same house, or most of us did.
And as far as I can make out we were confined to the property,
because at twenty-four hours' notice we'd have to do a gig somewhere.
So you couldn't leave the building for more than twelve
hours in case a gig came through.
- Bill Bruford

I do remember the whole thing as being very argumentative,
hot blooded...
a permanent state of friction between Jon and Chris,
Chris and me, me and Jon.
- Bill Bruford

Whatever I have come to offer, I have come to offer
and it may or may not be connected to anything that
has happened in the past.
- Bill Bruford

My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent
at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
- Bill Bruford

I saw it as a challenge to play with Pat and we put hours and hours into it,
usually on the bus.
The trick was to find something that we both wanted
to play within our different styles which would add
up to being greater than the sum of its parts.
- Bill Bruford

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.
- Elbert Hubbard

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It's just random chance, baby; get used to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

I'm not used to feeling so human.
Is it always like this?
- Edward, from Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.
- David Lee Roth

Life should not be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a Ride!"
- Hunter S. Thompson

The future ain't what it used to be.
- Yogi Berra

I used to sell furniture for a living.
The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
- Albert Einstein

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
- Mae West

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used
exclusively for the benefit of the people,
to whom they belong.
- Fidel Castro

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
- Charlie Chaplin

I think I've discovered the secret of life -
you just hang around until you get used to it.
- Charles M. Schulz

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I used to be good with kids, but as I get older,
I'm grumpy and terrible with them.
As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party,
you couldn't pay me enough.
- Johnny Vegas

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly.
Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime.
That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan

I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.
- Nafisa Joseph

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar
haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
- Sam Ewing

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be,
A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.
- Frank Howard Clark

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

I have been through various fitness regimes.
I used to run about five miles a day and I did aerobics for a while.
- Sting

Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover
things that can be used for good.
- John Charles Polanyi

Getting married is a lot like getting into a tub of hot water.
After you get used to it, it ain't so hot.
- Minnie Pearl

I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets.
Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
- Sophie Ellis Bextor

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well
used than a powerful one that is idle.
- Bryant H. McGill

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul
and tools that were limiting.
In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
- Jaron Lanier

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way
so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips


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