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We were from totally different social backgrounds.
by Bill Bruford

We were from totally different social backgrounds.
This is what is very hard for an American to understand,
but we could have been five guys from Mars.
- Bill Bruford

So I have the classic amateur's technique;
I know some very tricky bits and I have large gaping holes.
- Bill Bruford

I seldom play in a trio, but acoustic music is likely to be lighter,
quicker, and quieter.
- Bill Bruford

But what I think my emphasis is, is on the fact that I like music a lot.
- Bill Bruford

 

I don't really remember a whole lot of sex,
drugs and rock n' roll, really.
- Bill Bruford

Sometimes I had to room with Tony Kaye and that was awful.
- Bill Bruford

Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind,
Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise,
all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.
- Bill Bruford

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My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent
at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
- Bill Bruford

The piano is kind of my second instrument.
- Bill Bruford

The best practice you can get is on the bandstand,
but in between gigs I feel I have to stay in shape.
- Bill Bruford

And I like messing around in the engine room of music.
Seeing what happens in the rhythm section area.
- Bill Bruford

If I was hearing something I couldn't do,
I would figure out how to do it.
- Bill Bruford

And we'd drink huge amounts of scotch and coke,
which is a ghastly sweet drink...
And now people don't drink nearly as much,
for good reason.
We're all a little wiser.
- Bill Bruford

Whatever I have come to offer, I have come to offer
and it may or may not be connected to anything that
has happened in the past.
- Bill Bruford

This amateurism however, can sometimes be helpful in forging a style;
you have to work around your weaknesses.
- Bill Bruford

At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy.
- Bill Bruford

I do remember the whole thing as being very argumentative,
hot blooded...
a permanent state of friction between Jon and Chris,
Chris and me, me and Jon.
- Bill Bruford

Plus I am being hounded by all the fabulous new drummers,
Bill Stewart at the head of the pack.
- Bill Bruford

We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
- Bill Bruford

I practice at home, in between phone calls,
and have much to do.
- Bill Bruford

I mean, Chris is, I'm sure, a wonderful guy.
But in those days he also very, very late.
For all appointments and departures and arrivals and
sound checks and anything.
- Bill Bruford

I listen to Bill Stewart play the drums and when I
have finished doing that,
I listen to Bill Stewart.
- Bill Bruford

I didn't write any music at all, and then,
I remember Jon Anderson being very insistent saying
that there were two kinds of musicians:
the ones who wrote music and the ones who didn't.
- Bill Bruford

If it's fast, no I don't have enough piano technique.
In that case, it's probably been done on some kind
of synthesizer or sequencer.
Then the score can then be printed out and so forth.
- Bill Bruford

We all lived in the same house, or most of us did.
And as far as I can make out we were confined to the property,
because at twenty-four hours' notice we'd have to do a gig somewhere.
So you couldn't leave the building for more than twelve
hours in case a gig came through.
- Bill Bruford

I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who
were nervous about what they had just bought for a
jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase,
but are increasingly coming again.
- Bill Bruford

I saw it as a challenge to play with Pat and we put hours and hours into it,
usually on the bus.
The trick was to find something that we both wanted
to play within our different styles which would add
up to being greater than the sum of its parts.
- Bill Bruford

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

We could never learn to be brave and patient,
if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda


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