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Duncan Sheik Quotes and Sayings

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

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

I actually am always a music first person.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 privilege the music over the lyrics.
- Duncan Sheik

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

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

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

I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
- 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 think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence
on my life and encompasses my creative projects.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

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

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

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

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln


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