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When I first started playing in a band,
by Wayne Kramer

When I first started playing in a band,
before the Beatles, working bands played standards
and they saved their rock material til the end of the
night when they were really stretched out.
It could be pretty lame.
- Wayne Kramer

Aesthetically, we were enormously successful.
Economically...
there was no success.
It was all about music of the future and unfortunately
it was a band that didn't have any future.
- Wayne Kramer

I hate that expression, 'fusion.' What it means to
me is this movement where nothing ever really fused.
- Wayne Kramer

I was a little ahead of him but that didn't matter after awhile.
- Wayne Kramer

 

If you put this in the context of Detroit in '64 or '65,
the economy was booming.
Everybody had jobs and there was a whole nightclub
culture where bands could work.
- Wayne Kramer

Drugs, were a symptom - they weren't the cause of anything.
- Wayne Kramer

But when I was a teenager, the idea of spending the
rest of my life in a factory was real depressing.
So the idea that I could become a musician opened up
some possibilities I didn't see otherwise.
- Wayne Kramer

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As time went on, we formed a number of different bands.
We played in rival, neighborhood bands.
We learned more songs and we learned how to play Chuck
Berry music and we learned Ventures songs.
- Wayne Kramer

Drugs, sex, booze, all the stuff that we wanted to do.
The problem was that we didn't want to learn the top
40 'cause most of the music was awful and we had this
other idea about what we wanted to do.
- Wayne Kramer

When we first met, I was trying to put a band together.
I asked around at school for other guys who wanted to play in a band.
Someone told me about a juvenile delinquent they knew who played bongos.
- Wayne Kramer

You get on the radio by writing your own songs.
But we had the dilemma of not being able to play anywhere
because we weren't able to play anything that anyone wanted to hear.
So we learned songs that we thought that we could do without puking.
- Wayne Kramer

We played together for so long and we got to the point
where our styles blended together.
Even today, sometimes I'll hear our records and I'm
not really sure who played what.
And we took a bunch of acid together too.
- Wayne Kramer

When we first started playing in the early days,
none of us really had any idea about writing our own songs yet.
We were struggling how to learn our instruments and
play songs to be able to perform for people.
- Wayne Kramer

It wasn't a class system where I was the better guy
and he was the second-rate guy.
That was his role and my role was to play the solos.
But he took great pride in his technique as a rhythm guitarist.
- Wayne Kramer

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Today, I Do What Is Important To Me, First.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

Never stop dreaming your inspired future.
Believing in your dreams is only the first step,
but unless you have a dream that you believe in,
you are leaving your future to random chance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain


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