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It was by listening to Goodman's band,
by Alvin Lee

It was by listening to Goodman's band,
that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian,
who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
- Alvin Lee

I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired
by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records.
- Alvin Lee

They have decided to tour under the name of Ten Years
After which I don't think is very cool.
To be honest, they have had to do that as it's the
only way they can get any work.
- Alvin Lee

Back in those days we thought we could change the world.
- Alvin Lee

 

The chances of a reunion now are less likely.
I was thinking of having a 40th anniversary of the band,
but now they are really another band,
so it's all a bit weird.
- Alvin Lee

There is a big age gap between my sisters Janice and
Irma and myself so I didn't know them that well when
I was younger although they have been very supportive in later life.
- Alvin Lee

So if you see Ten Years After, it's not me anymore.
I'm very happy with what I am doing now.
- Alvin Lee

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George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with.
He was one of the most famous people I've ever known,
but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy.
- Alvin Lee

It will be the first time I've played live with a double bass.
- Alvin Lee

We also did something called the Texas Peace Festival,
which was actually a better gig both musically,
and in the way it was organised.
- Alvin Lee

I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen,
and they don't take the time to learn the basics.
- Alvin Lee

It wasn't until the movie came out that it all changed for us.
Some people say it was the start of Ten Years After,
but in another way, it was the beginning of the end.
- Alvin Lee

I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.
- Alvin Lee

I went to see John Mayall at the Marquee,
with Peter Green on guitar, and that was a particularly good gig.
- Alvin Lee

Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it,
not what you read in books.
- Alvin Lee

Strangely enough, through all those school years I
decided at 13 or 14 I was going to be a musician and
so school was just something to get out of the way,
a waste of time and not to bother with it.
- Alvin Lee

We used to play the underground clubs like the UFO,
and Middle Earth, and they were great because they
would have on things like a poet,
string quartets, and then a rock band!
It was kinda cool!
- Alvin Lee

He saw us play a few times in fact.
I did this song called I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes,
and Jimi loved it.
He paid me a huge compliment when he told me that he
was thinking of doing something similar himself!
- Alvin Lee

I just play to the people I can see.
So it's almost like you are playing to the first few rows of the crowd.
You can see the faces of the first hundred people,
but then it becomes a blur as the crowds disappear over the hill.
- Alvin Lee

I just couldn't take school seriously:
I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk.
It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes
under the desk and that's about all I did at school.
- Alvin Lee

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)

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Weather means more when you have a garden.
There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking
how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you'd have preferred to talk.
- Doug Larson

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is
the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
- Pope Paul VI

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

I was growing up listening to Queen.
Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
- Gary Cherone

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)

I'm kind of looking for something with a lot less action
and more talking and listening.
- Brandon Routh

I was still listening to the Beatles until I came here,
you know.
- David Thewlis

Listening is the only way to entertain some folks.
- Kin Hubbard

It's just like music when you reckon it up.
It's like listening to Pavement it's just The Fall in 1985,
isn't it? They haven't got an original idea in their heads.
- Mark E. Smith

Whatever had been on the radio in the '60s;
I mean we were always listening to the radio.
- Tom Araya

No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener
as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
- Henry Taylor

People in America, when listening to radio,
like to lean forward.
People in Britain like to lean back.
- Alistair Cooke

I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy
and I realize I'm listening to it.
- George Carlin

Listening to medical facts was not enough.
People wanted one hundred percent guarantees.
- Ryan White

I spent many a summer early morning with the radio very low,
half sleeping and half listening.
- Frankie Valli

I think listening to real classic soul material made
me learn how to feel music that's sung.
- Gavin DeGraw

I don't limit my taste.
There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera.
I've been listening to what was essentially country music,
but it crossed over to rock.
- Rick Moranis

John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again.
It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear
more now and I had a life that I've lived!
- Alan Vega

I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.
- Robert Fripp

It wasn't until after private lessons and learning
bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I
was listening to at that age.
My ears were blown wide open.
- Trevor Dunn

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

I've learned to look like I'm listening to long confusing
plots of cartoons and comic books when I'm actually
sound asleep or making grocery shopping lists in my head.
- Patricia Heaton

I don't care what anybody says about Ringo.
I cut my rock-n-roll teeth listening to him.
- Don Henley

When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car,
because it makes me feel a certain way,
that's the time to try to let other people know about it.
- Herb Alpert

I was listening to music long before rock 'n roll.
- Bill Wyman

Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience,
by a single and quiet inclination of the mind.
- George A. Smith

Some people come to our shows and think they're gonna
spend the night just listening to love songs,
and they're pretty much surprised cause we do a lot of rock and roll.
- Bobby Hatfield

I'm not exactly sure how many kids I have,
but yes, I do miss them officially, for the record.
In case any of them are listening, I love you.
- Tre Cool

Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue
with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.
- Jane Goodall

I enjoy listening to opera at home, occasionally,
but I would much rather see it than just listen to it.
- Sam Waterston

Right now I'm listening to a lot of different things
but I listen to a lot of classical music.
Eventually I would like to compose and perform classical.
- Ben Harper

You can't fake listening.
It shows.
- Raquel Welch

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication,
and clear communication is necessary to management success.
- James Cash Penney

Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is.
Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it.
It is sending and receiving.
- Carla Bley

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually
listening to what another has to say.
- Bryant H. McGill

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country.
It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
- George W. Bush

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now,
I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are
paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
- Andre Malraux

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work.
We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
- Lewis Thomas

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your
ears by listening to them.
- Dean Rusk

A mate of mine said recently said a lot of stuff sounds
like you're listening to it outside,
but also like you're surrounded by it,
and I think that's quite similar.
- Sean Booth

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders,
but they have never failed to imitate them.
- James A. Baldwin


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