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Brian Setzer Quotes

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For every rockabilly festival staged here,
there are 10 held overseas.
- Brian Setzer

The songwriting has never really stepped forward from the '50's.
- Brian Setzer

The biggest challenge for me was Get Rhythm.
I don't know why.
- Brian Setzer

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and
some of those Sun Records blues guys.
- Brian Setzer

 

I wanted to go back to Sun.
Unfortunately, most of the gear is gone from Sun.
The way I take it now, it's almost like a tourist destination.
So, it would have been pretty difficult to have brought
all the gear into Sun to make it like it was in the '50's.
- Brian Setzer

To keep creating something with this type of music,
you have to take it out of the box.
- Brian Setzer

I basically sat down for a month, with all the Sun
stuff I could find and just picked out my favorites.
I didn't think that they were indicative of '54 to '57,
although I tried to stay within that period.
- Brian Setzer

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Don't be afraid to take liberties with this music.
Try and put some of yourself into it.
- Brian Setzer

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else.
First, we wrote our own songs.
That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
- Brian Setzer

It's not about how loud you turn the amp up.
That's not what makes it sound big.
What makes it sound big is fooling around with different
delays and reverb settings.
- Brian Setzer

Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply
aren't emerging on the national scene.
- Brian Setzer

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song...
that was another thing that bent people's ears.
I guess that my favorites are the unique ones.
It's not how fast you play.
It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.
- Brian Setzer

I put a metronome up to all the songs,
and I tried to really keep it true to the original tempos.
- Brian Setzer

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly.
There's great players out there, and some of them deserve
a lot more than they've gotten.
- Brian Setzer

A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal,
and they won't touch it.
But I don't think that's the reason they did that.
I think they played that stuff out of pure joy.
- Brian Setzer

I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note,
but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the
hooks from the guitar playing,
and let myself come through.
- Brian Setzer

Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things.
It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying,
because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music.
- Brian Setzer

Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive.
If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it's just going to sound dumb.
- Brian Setzer

Normally, you go into the recording studio,
make a record and then take it on the road and you think...
wow...
I could have done THIS to it, or something.
- Brian Setzer

It is hard to play Blue Suede Shoes.
I know everyone has heard it 10 million times,
and that makes it even harder to play it,
but there's a very laid back tempo on that.
I was surprised at how slow it really was.
- Brian Setzer

We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the
standard rockabilly look.
We also took a lot of different musical influences
that were part of that era.
- Brian Setzer

Mark Winchester has left the band.
He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants
to concentrate on his career in Nashville.
I don't blame him at all.
He'll certainly be missed.
- Brian Setzer

I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show
them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run
on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards.
I don't know what possessed me to do that,
but I did.
- Brian Setzer

I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums,
which you're not supposed to do.
- Dick Dale

That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was.
- Carl Perkins

I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly.
I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song.
I won't be known as anything but a country singer.
- Buck Owens

I didn't realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America.
- Wanda Jackson

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- Maya Angelou

Everyone believes that their beliefs are the right ones -
that is why they are called beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I can do no other than be reverent
before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion
for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
- Albert Schweitzer

Just one quality of the Buddha has to be remembered.
He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.
As the witnessing deepens,
you start becoming drunk with the divine.
That is what is called ecstasy.
- Osho

When we lose one we love,
our bitterest tears are called forth
by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of ...
about me not listening to her, or something.
I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
- the movie Dumb & Dumber (1994)

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

It's called a pen.
It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
- Dale Dauten

My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're
called when you don't have a job.
- Ted Turner

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I took office, only high energy physicists
had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web...
Now even my cat has its own page.
- William J. Clinton

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind,
they are called vandals; if they destroy something
irreplaceable made by God,
they are called developers.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe
that had the lion's heart.
I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
- Winston Churchill

If we knew what it was we were doing,
it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

I claim that human mind or human society
is not divided into watertight compartments
called social, political and religious.
All act and react upon one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Maybe there is no actual place called hell.
Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents
breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.
- Jim Carrey

Gold medals aren't really made of gold.
They're made of sweat, determination,
and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
- Dan Gable

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions,
including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human
imbecility for the guidance of future professors.
- Tristan Tzara

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually
called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music,
I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
- David Antin

We have a product for sale called news,
and I'm a salesman.
- Shepard Smith

I was technically a Valley Girl, even though I absolutely
dreaded being called that.
I really hated the idea that I was a Valley Girl.
- Robin Wright Penn

Sometimes I feel like I'm a contestant in a reality
show that probably would be called The Apprentice Survivor Millionaire.
- Robert Iger

Yes, it's true, I've been called the Laurence Olivier of spoofs.
I guess that would make Laurence Olivier the Leslie Nielsen of Shakespeare.
- Leslie Nielsen

Some will have to cease thinking of the Church as a
memorial association for a deceased clergyman called Christ.
- Stephen Bayne


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