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And I said - Styx - as a musical group it is our place
by James Young

And I said - Styx - as a musical group it is our place
to reflect the light that is shining on us back onto this place and say -
this is where so much great stuff started.
- James Young

People tell us they have been inspired by our music to do great things.
- James Young

The studio that we mix in is still in Chicago.
- James Young

I don't know, I think the crowds are even more responsive
now because the audiences are skewing younger.
- James Young

 

It is something we have always excelled at and prided ourselves at -
the excellences of our stage performance.
- James Young

People like to let loose at rock concerts and it gives
them an excuse to do it in a way that is not destructive
to others and not really destructive to the band.
- James Young

But there are rock and roll fans all over this continent and all over the globe,
really, and we're just set at marking the planet with
Styx music until the day we die.
- James Young

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You know the puritan ethic that started out four centuries ago in this country,
needless to say - at least for the moment -
a thing of the past -
from what I can tell.
- James Young

We're gonna release a studio album probably a year
from now and we've got these recordings that we did
with Coco Taylor and Johnny Johnson,
who was Chuck Berry's piano player.
- James Young

So, it's a matter of that I want to take our music around the globe.
- James Young

So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music
but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music.
- James Young

So, We're really L.A.
based with a secondary base in Chicago.
- James Young

In my own mind, we are a much happier and much more
functional family and a much more well balanced group
of individual s both off and on the stage -
in the current incarnation.
- James Young

Seeing our VH-1 Behind the Music shows just how dysfunctional
some of the moments of the band were but this new line-up
has put the fun back in dysfunction.
- James Young

Whereas with us - what you hear is what's happening
right then and there on the stage -
so we don't need no stinking technology.
- James Young

Yes, indeed, in fact I would tell you that we go out
of our way to be true to the original feeling and sort
of sonic and musical pallet that we painted with back then.
- James Young

The band we have now on stage is the band I always wanted to be in.
- James Young

We always got a strong response but I think in this
day in age there is less of a marijuana fog at concerts
and more of people just more naturally exuberant -
it seems to me.
- James Young

I'll play until they have to scrape me off the stage.
- James Young

I don't quite have the energy for extra curricular activities.
I have to pace myself a little bit more.
- James Young

Ten years ago, in 94, we thought maybe nobody would
ever care about Styx again.
- James Young

And for REO - they get to play for some Styx fans and
then we get to play in front of some REO fans.
It helps spread the new music to the following of other bands.
- James Young

Sometimes that mantle is hard to adjust to wearing
but we are at a stage that we are comfortable with
it and we recognize how we are perceived and how the
real core individual that each one of us has apart
from the facade that the public believes that we are.
- James Young

Being in a rock band is about touring.
It's about writing songs and it's about making records
but it's also about taking a wonderful smile onto that
stage and making the people feel good about themselves.
- James Young

But, there was a time when we all had a great thing
going but one person just became very uncomfortable
with it and he had to try to change it around to suit
him more and then it suited no one else but him.
- James Young

And in an era where radio stations that are inclined
to play Styx music are your classic rock stations and
the stations that play current music look at us as dinosaurs -
the only way we could reach people with our new music,
generally, is to perform live.
- James Young

Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by
yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain
type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.
- James Young

There are a lot of people using technology that are
playing to a click with backing vocals already stuck
in there on some computerized thing that runs along
in time to the show so they have these amazing vocals
that are only partly the guys on stage producing them at the time.
- James Young

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- Karl Barth

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
- Arabian Proverb

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I unconditionally forgive myself for everything
that I have ever done, said, or thought
that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
I unconditionally forgive myself for everything that I have ever done,
said, or thought that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister,
to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart.
Having said this, I have said all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Jesus on Love)
You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
- Lewis Carroll

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

(Jesus on Anger and Revenge)
You have heard that it was said,
"Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth."
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
- Matthew 5:38-39

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
- Calvin Coolidge

My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn
care and vehicle maintenance.
- Tim Allen


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