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My initial career, really, as a baby,
by Mel Torme

My initial career, really, as a baby,
was as a singer.
- Mel Torme

Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to
films and Broadway was to the theatre:
it was the hub of radio.
- Mel Torme

As Buddy Rich, for instance, broke into the business at the age of three,
I think it was, on drums, so indeed did I break into
the business at the age of four as a singer.
- Mel Torme

I was a singer professionally when I was four years old,
and I did not really begin to play any instrument -
the first one,
of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old.
- Mel Torme

 

I hadn't been a recording artist all that long when
albums came on the scene,
and I was one of the first singers to point the way
to how varied an album's contents could be.
- Mel Torme

Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius,
and that's all there is to it.
- Mel Torme

I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
- Mel Torme

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I would be a liar if I said it wouldn't be lovely and soothing -
that's the word -
to have a hit single or a hit album.
- Mel Torme

See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland;
I did strictly special material,
special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
- Mel Torme

But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per
se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.
- Mel Torme

As a singer, the biggest joy I have are the arrangements.
- Mel Torme

As regards my feelings about drummers -
there's Buddy Rich,
and then there's everybody else.
- Mel Torme

Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records
out is purely and simply to make money.
- Mel Torme

Talking money is crass; so I'm not going to tell you what I made last year.
- Mel Torme

Whenever I did a good performance, my Dad and my uncles,
who were rabid movie fans, took me to the movies.
There began my underlying love affair with film.
- Mel Torme

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of
the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
- Mel Torme

So I'm sorry, I'm going to continue to talk to the people,
because I do believe that if they get to know you and
what you are as a human being,
they can more appreciate what you are as a performer.
- Mel Torme

There isn't a dearth of it, but I will confess that
it's harder for me to find songs on which I'm willing
to invest anything from ten to fifteen hours writing
an arrangement than it was in times past.
- Mel Torme

Right now, my career is in three directions:
as a performer,
as an arranger, as an author - and I don't give any
one of them true precedent,
or true top marks, as opposed to the other two.
- Mel Torme

How many radio shows I did is lost to memory now;
it's in the hundreds -
maybe even close to being in the thousands -
for the span of years from the time I was eight till I was about fifteen.
- Mel Torme

I didn't really have an act per se -
a theatrical performance,
as opposed to just: here I am, folks,
and you're all supposed to be dead quiet while I sing eight or nine songs,
then get off the stage.
- Mel Torme

It may sound a bit like an army barracks,
but the truth of the matter is: there must be some
time laid aside for arranging,
time for working on either a book or an article -
I've written two articles in the last four months for
the New York Times book review section.
- Mel Torme

Some guys say beauty is only skin deep.
But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain.
The initial contact has to be the sniffing.
- James Caan

In the initial season of a show, you're figuring out
your character and their life and their background
and you're putting together all the chapters of the book.
- Sophia Bush

So history is fertile territory for me and I think
I could feel happy with any period of history,
provided I had the right sources and the necessary
time for the initial research.
- Rose Tremain

True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual,
but the establishment of the reality and truth is in
general the work of more than one person.
- Willard Libby

Our initial assessment is that they will all die.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor
to assist it in further production.
Labor is the active and initial force,
and labor is therefore the employer of capital.
- Henry George

I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial
solution with other solutions -
although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one.
- Arne Jacobsen

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death,
initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
- Emily Dickinson

What I wasn't prepared for were the feelings of anxiety that it stirred in me.
I wasn't prepared for the initial feeling of I don't
want to have to do that again.
I was scared.
- Mariel Hemingway

My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character,
but then I realized that I had no character.
- Charles Barkley

The Science Coalition, which grew out of an initial
concept at Harvard and at MIT,
has now grown to an informal group of about 60 research universities.
- Charles Vest

After that initial success, every chance we got we'd
hire that remote recording truck and just record stuff
at the Whisky because it was so inexpensive.
- Johnny Rivers

My initial interest, just prior to my work on cytokines,
was on cell-mediated immunity and delayed hypersensitivity,
mostly with respect to the cells that populated these reactions.
- Stanley Cohen

Although I voted against the initial resolution approving the war in Iraq,
I have consistently voted to support our troops with
much-needed armor and supplies.
- Ed Pastor

Firms would be given initial entitlements to gross
markup on the basis of past performance.
These entitlements would be transferable and a market
in them would be developed.
- William Vickrey

While Congress saw some need to loosen the standard
in the initial days of a war,
it wanted the president to comply with FISA in carrying
out surveillance in the United States.
- Jonathan Turley

I have nothing to hide in art.
The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
- Paul Cezanne

Over the years I attempted to make my style a bit more
relaxed 'cause the initial style you couldn't watch
for more than ten minutes without wanting to kill me.
- Jo Brand

I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have
gotten over my initial astonishment.
As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where
I don't think sex plays much part.
- Nadia Boulanger

All characters come from people I know,
but after the initial inspiration, I tend to modify
the characters so they fit with the story.
- Nicholas Sparks

It all begins with the initial tone coming from the cabinet,
but EQ at the board is very important.
- Daisy Berkowitz

I get nervous around girls for the first time.
Once I'm in, I can take the reins and go.
It's just the initial approach I'm really bad at.
- Jensen Ackles

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning.
It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit
we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
- Arthur Erickson

Initial reports are encouraging.
In the end of the day, it's going to be deeds,
not words, that matter.
- Stephen Hadley

The most important and urgent appeal we have to make
is for an immediate cease-fire.
Initial reports from the cease-fire talks being held
in N'Djamena in Chad are not very encouraging.
- Jan Egeland

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
- Aristotle

More of him came from my step-dad, who is now passed away.
The initial creators of the show kind of based the
character on their dads and then I added my dad.
- Kurtwood Smith

Movies, obviously, are a little more lucrative.
The initial paycheck is better.
- Carlos Alazraqui

The initial organisation, we called ourselves the Network Working Group,
consisted of 6 to 10 people.
We then quickly grew to 30 people and then to 50 people.
- Steve Crocker

There's that initial reticence for some athletes to take you seriously.
- Lisa Guerrero

If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation
of the universe at the initial moment,
we could predict exactly the situation of the same
universe at a succeeding moment.
- Henri Poincare

You never know how you're going to be received,
after all this time.
The initial response we had was just overwhelming,
particularly that tour of the States.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

I always think it's important to choose your initial
theme very carefully because you're going to be married to it for a long time.
You might have to generate an hour's worth of music from a very short,
little piece of theme.
- Anne Dudley

We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn't free;
we don't really think through what we'll do after the
initial treaty is signed,
but we're still occupying.
There's chaos and torture and finally an outcry.
- Sarah Vowell

If it's a good LP, you'll get that tingle that makes
you put it on again no matter what your initial reaction was.
On the other hand, if you don't get that tingle,
you'd better take it straight down to the record exchange.
- Andy Partridge

Another very strong image from the first day was giving
my initial press conference in the morning -
going down and finding out that everything I had said,
the essence of what I had said, was wrong.
- William Scranton

My heart has been heavy and I have deliberated within my own conscience,
knowing that my decision should not come out of my
initial emotion of anger toward the President for such reckless behavior,
but should be based on the facts.
- Blanche Lincoln

Man does not bring to God's altar the stuff of nature in itself,
in its initial structure, but something he has made
and molded out of nature for the nourishment and the inspiration of men.
- Wilford O. Cross

Nature is my springboard.
From her I get my initial impetus.
I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains,
trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind
blowing and changing colors and forms.
- Milton Avery

I really wanted it to be organic and coming from my heart.
So, I think maybe the initial thought of wanting to go in that direction,
I had to wait until things happened in our world and
in our country that fired me up enough where the words came out organically.
- Joan Jett

But when I first got cancer, after the initial shock
and the fear and paranoia and crying and all that goes with cancer -
that word means to most people ultimate death -
I decided to see what I could do to take that negative
and use it in a positive way.
- Herbie Mann

Later, I made a movie with him, 'That Touch of Mink,'
and we became good friends but any woman's initial
meeting with Cary is right up there with the big moments of her world history.
- Audrey Meadows

To deal with the stark reality of having hit or hurt a woman or child,
to deal with the initial responsibility you have not
to do that and the knowledge you did do it,
can be incredibly hard.
- David Soul

While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions,
they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards
of conduct for legal combatants:
wearing uniforms,
a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war.
- John Yoo

The only thing that really matters in the initial part of my career,
the worst mistake I've ever made was try to do things
to please the audience thinking how the audience is
going to respond if I do this.
- Terrence Howard

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters
do to deal with the situation they are in.
It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an
initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.
- Elizabeth George

No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence
to prevent the commission of crimes.
On the contrary, whatever the punishment,
once a specific crime has appeared for the first time,
its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
- Hannah Arendt

Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague
sense by a lot of writers,
but in physics it means a particular phenomenon,
namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely,
arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I think it can be fun to be single and date-like when
you don't want a relationship.
Or when you've just gotten out of a relationship,
and, after get over the initial shock,
your thinking, Hey, it's kind of cool being single.
- Breckin Meyer


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