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For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program)
by Duncan Sheik

For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program)
and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
- Duncan Sheik

I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence
on my life and encompasses my creative projects.
- Duncan Sheik

I make the kind of music I like.
- Duncan Sheik

Lately I've been a workaholic.
I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
- Duncan Sheik

 

I'm a pretty big P.J.
Harvey record fan and you can really hear New York in his record.
- Duncan Sheik

I actually am always a music first person.
- Duncan Sheik

And frankly, when I made that record,
hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.
- Duncan Sheik

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The experiences of promoting my first album were really something;
there is so much illusion in my environment (touring
and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
- Duncan Sheik

I think in a way I was probably completely naive about
what it takes to make something become a hit.
- Duncan Sheik

It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do.
- Duncan Sheik

So, once I've written a song, you know,
I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.
- Duncan Sheik

I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
- Duncan Sheik

Ultimately, if I'm really moved by something,
it's going to go on the record and that's that.
- Duncan Sheik

A real foolproof way to do it is play your stuff by
hook or by crook and build up a grass roots following.
- Duncan Sheik

Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.
- Duncan Sheik

I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive,
and some money to record demos.
- Duncan Sheik

I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less
implicit in the music rather than explicit.
- Duncan Sheik

I feel fortunate about being able to make the music
I want to make and getting away with it.
- Duncan Sheik

I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
- Duncan Sheik

My second record was all about big ideas -
I was trying to make big statements about the culture,
about life.
I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.
- Duncan Sheik

But really important, perhaps most important is the craft;
how you make your record,
the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.
- Duncan Sheik

I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance,
yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album,
I got kind of tired of that.
- Duncan Sheik

I started playing music at a pretty young age.
- Duncan Sheik

Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration.
- Duncan Sheik

So I started chanting when I was nineteen,
which was about twelve years ago, and it really had
a huge impact on my outlook,
happiness, and general creativity.
- Duncan Sheik

Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and
wood arrangements on my records.
- Duncan Sheik

Things come to me pretty regularly.
There is never a shortage or a backlog.
- Duncan Sheik

If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record.
- Duncan Sheik

But I can't really say there is too much modern music
that I'm blown away by at this moment.
- Duncan Sheik

I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster,
but there have been moments where I've felt like that.
- Duncan Sheik

My first two records were more energetic;
Phantom Moon is subtle,
quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
- Duncan Sheik

I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record,
what I want to do is what I do.
- Duncan Sheik

I privilege the music over the lyrics.
- Duncan Sheik

The difficult thing about a pop record is that you're given guidelines:
it has to have 3 choruses,
and then it must be between 3 minutes fifteen seconds
and three minutes forty-five seconds.
- Duncan Sheik

I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around
me to help take music to next level.
Being surrounded by so much creative energy,
so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me.
- Duncan Sheik

I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be
walking down the street with this chord progression in my head,
this happened more than a few times,
and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and
it would match the music in my head.
- Duncan Sheik

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

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

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

How you respond to the challenge in the second half
will determine what you become after the game,
whether you are a winner or a loser.
- Lou Holtz

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

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

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

In my friend, I find a second self.
- Isabel Norton

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance,
but with somebody else.
- Mae West

One's first love is always perfect
until one meets one's second love.
- Elizabeth Aston

Looking at a sunset, just for a second
you forget your separateness:
you are the sunset.
That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it.
But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset,
you are no longer feeling it;
you have come back to your separate,
enclosed entity of the ego.
Now the mind is speaking.
- Osho

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The early bird gets the worm,
but the second mouse gets the cheese.
- Anonymous

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition,
in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Most people never run far enough on their first wind
to find out they've got a second.
- William James

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
- Harrison Ford

Tradition is like a second-hand store.
It is best to sort carefully
between the treasures and the trash.
See everything with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth,
I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
- Khalil Gibran

Honesty may be the best policy,
but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination,
dishonesty is the second-best policy.
- George Carlin

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson [also attributed to Oscar Wilde]

When you are courting a nice girl
an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder
a second seems like an hour.
That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

Many a man owes his success to his first wife
and his second wife to his success.
- Jim Backus

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
- Andrew Carnegie

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.
By the second day you're off it.
- Jackie Gleason

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy.
First, let her think she's having her own way.
And second, let her have it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win,
second or third place is not enough.
- Ayrton Senna

There are two kinds of companies, those that work to
try to charge more and those that work to charge less.
We will be the second.
- Jeff Bezos

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First,
by reflection, which is noblest; Second,
by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience,
which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

The only true love is love at first sight;
second sight dispels it.
- Israel Zangwill

Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to
you that in a single second your whole life could change.
- Annette Funicello

Most of us can remember a time when a birthday -
especially if it was one's own -
brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.
- Robert Lynd

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father.
- Annette Funicello

My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic,
worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
- Ed Bradley


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