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Whenever I did a good performance, my Dad and my uncles,
by 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

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 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 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 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

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

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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

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

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

I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job,
tell 'em, Certainly I Can. -
and get busy and find out how to do it.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

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

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

Be kind whenever possible; and it is always possible.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Whenever the World Frowns, I Smile Back.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever you choose to carry resentment and hatred,
you are shouldering an immense burden that damages
your happiness, and often your health.
Does it matter that your resentment and hatred are "justified?"
Only you suffer - not the person you resent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever I look in the mirror,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking
becomes clear - nothing is missing.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

I can release my "responsibilities",
and be "impractical" whenever I choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever I look at a human face,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever a man or women is truly inspired,
it is because the same One Universal Spirit
is doing the inspiring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
- Irish Blessing

Whenever I feel the need to exercise,
I lie down until it goes away.
- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart,
but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.
- Kay Knudsen

Whenever I look at a human face today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever I date a guy, I think,
"Is this the man I want my children
to spend their weekends with?"
- Rita Rudner

Some cause happiness wherever they go;
others whenever they go.
- Oscar Wilde

Whenever I fail as a father or husband...
a toy and a diamond always works.
- Shahrukh Khan

Whenever men take the law into their own hands,
the loser is the law.
And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
- Robert Kennedy

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

The will to believe chases out the rational mind,
whenever and wherever the two come into conflict.
- Philip K. Dick

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained,
progress stops.
- Thomas J. Watson

Home is our sanctuary, where we:
relax into being ourselves,
play with our inner child,
paint the walls green and pink,
dig in the dirt,
grow something,
love somebody else,
love ourselves even more,
snuggle with a warm blanket on a Sunday afternoon,
hang "go away" on the door whenever we want,
clean and tidy often... or never,
launch from and return to,
are truly ourselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger and Danger are intimately intertwined.
An angry person is a dangerous person,
whether that person crosses our path
or whether the angry person is ourself.
To complete the anger/danger cycle,
whenever we feel threatened -
when we believe we are in danger -
we tend to exhibit anger as well as fear.
We look for someone to blame for the dangerous situation,
and direct our anger toward them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.
- Hippocrates

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,'
they really mean,
'not really.'
- Dave Parnas

I love all kinds of bread.
Whenever I crave junk food, I want salty things like peanuts or potato chips.
- Tyra Banks

Whenever I find the key to success,
someone changes the lock.
- Anonymous

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the wedding cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up.
- Ogden Nash

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever
I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
- Rebecca West

But whenever I look at the question of how to live,
the answer's always staring me in the face.
I'm already doing it.
- Damien Hirst

Whenever I hear, 'It can't be done,' I know I'm close to success.
- Michael Flatley

Contradictions do not exist.
Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction,
check your premises.
You will find that one of them is wrong.
- Ayn Rand

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
- L. Frank Baum

Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan,
I know he's going to vote against me.
- Harry S. Truman

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other,
reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
- Michael Crichton

Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation
which he should do even if he did not need the money.
- William Lyon Phelps

Yeah, now we publish whenever we feel like it.
- Glenn Danzig

I used to say that whenever people heard my Southern accent,
they always wanted to deduct 100 IQ points.
- Jeff Foxworthy

At one time, whenever the hell it was,
they wanted a character to come in and stir up the pot.
They brought me in for 8-10 episodes and said we'll try it for that.
- William Devane

I know whenever it comes to be really dysfunctional
and vile and base and hostile on screen,
I'm good at that!
- Werner Herzog


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