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Robert Wyatt Quotes

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I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

I only choose musicians who I think will emerge,
can emerge, with their own character,
while still going along with the tune in question.
- Robert Wyatt

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism,
and kind of standing against the world:
to me that's the ultimate nightmare.
I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
- Robert Wyatt


 

I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me.
I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
- Robert Wyatt

The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.
- Robert Wyatt

The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of,
aren't particularly youth culture.
- Robert Wyatt


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People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s.
Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it.
Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
- Robert Wyatt

It just doesn't mean anything to me,
the high-profile,
big money side of things.
I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do,
and hang around my friends.
- Robert Wyatt

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing,
to be honest.
- Robert Wyatt

When there is a voice in a piece of music,
we tend to focus on the voice.
That is probably something from when we were babies
and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.
- Robert Wyatt

I think that pop, and to some extent rock,
are like sport and fashion industry in that they're
about the exuberance of youth.
That's the sort of subliminal ideology.
- Robert Wyatt

Even if you're specific about the character of the song,
it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in
such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

In the past, so many of my records, really,
have been sketches for records that never really got made.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't find the business easy.
The moment you start talking about the business,
you start sounding like someone in Spinal Tap.
- Robert Wyatt

I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly,
and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground,
working to become a caterpillar.
- Robert Wyatt

On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
- Robert Wyatt

I think the people who did well, or are happy,
in a youth industry, they define themselves out of
the business after a decade or so.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't do live things.
- Robert Wyatt

I know people who grow old and bitter.
I want to keep making a fresh start.
I don't want them to defeat me.
That would be suicidal.
- Robert Wyatt

We did not get any money from the early records.
It was all taken by crooked managers.
It is just a gangster's paradise.
- Robert Wyatt

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot,
and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.
- Robert Wyatt

I've always liked pop music.
There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene,
because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way,
really.
- Robert Wyatt

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom,
it gets you less.
- Robert Wyatt

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.
- Robert Wyatt

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs,
I became basically a singer.
I was a drummer who did a bit of singing,
and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
- Robert Wyatt

Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make
a pop single and find out that it isn't.
- Robert Wyatt

There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.
- Robert Wyatt

This constant pressure from record companies to come
up with a hit single or something like that,
I find completely tiresome.
- Robert Wyatt

My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people
who at last really reach something in their old age,
which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.
- Robert Wyatt

When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital
S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.
- Robert Wyatt

What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment
with what I've already done.
- Robert Wyatt

There are people I would like to work with.
It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway,
and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate.
So I tend to stick to my own thing.
- Robert Wyatt

Love is blind.
My politics has been, too.
I think you can fall in love with ideas,
and you can fall in love with people.
It's a very subjective experience.
And I'm loyal to that experience.
- Robert Wyatt

I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them.
Roger was very important, I thought,
his contribution.
And so was Rick's organ playing.
It was a good band.
It became something else completely,
obviously.
- Robert Wyatt

I play music a lot but on my own mostly,
so it was nice to be around other people.
There was a certain sense a relief in the physical
act of just playing and being with other musicians.
- Robert Wyatt

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life,
but I remember a great relief and happiness that I
was finally getting somewhere,
finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.
- Robert Wyatt

If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it,
you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once.
And hope that the experience you have makes up for
the some of the diminishing energy.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't know how many thoughts we have a second,
but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down
the appropriate sequence of those,
all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
- Robert Wyatt

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Just Do it!
- Nike ad

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

Without zest, what is life?
Just waiting for death?
- Osho

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

Never give up, for that
is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe


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