Van Morrison

From Wikipedia:

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

Quotes:

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

The future is keeping you out of the present time.

If it’s what you do and you can do it, then you do it.

I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn’t mean anything to me.

I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.

You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change, that’s the way it works.

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.

Every performance is different. That’s the beauty of it.

You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.

I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

There’s always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That’s what life is made of. I don’t know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.

When I was growing up in Belfast all I was listening to was American music.
Irish music was going on all around me, but that was nowhere. I was looking for
something diff erent.

Blues isn’t to do with black or white; blues is about the truth, and blues is
the truth.

Hearing the blues changed my life.

Well, it’s all about healing, isn’t it? Art, literature…. that goes way back. It comes back to this question: what’s your original face? Know what I mean? Who are you really? There is so many different kinds of healing but, if you are in alignment with yourself, then that in itself is going to be healing. If you’re trying to be something other, like something  superficial, trying to be someone you’re  not, then that would take you away from your true centre. Really, if you’re asking about those songs and those albums, then it’s about getting back to the true centre within yourself. That healing thing. It was nothing new. Music has always been about healing, hasn’t it? I was just doing my own thing on that.
(in an interview with Uncut Magazine about the album “Into The Music”)

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this. When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this. When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch. Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this.

Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…

Spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst
But you got to change it
On the inside first
To be satisfied

And I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will fold into the mystic

Frank Zappa

From Wikipedia: 

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for percussion-based avant-garde composers such as Edgard Varèse and 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

 

So many books, so little time.

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.

Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST

Definition of rock journalism: People who can’t write, doing interviews with people who can’t think, in order to prepare articles for people who can’t read.

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

Interviewer: ‘So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?’
Frank Zappa: ‘You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?

Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.

I have an important message to deliver to all the cute people all over the world. If you’re out there and you’re cute, maybe you’re beautiful. I just want to tell you somethin’ — there’s more of us UGLY MOTHERFUCKERS than you are, hey-y, so watch out.

My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.

Tobacco is my favorite vegetable.