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John Otto Quotes and Sayings

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It's all about theme and development anyway.
That's what music is about.
- John Otto

I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that.
I was never really into the percussion thing.
- John Otto

But I've gravitated more towards the drum set.
- John Otto

When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines,
and I used to practice to that quite a bit,
just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.
- John Otto

 

We've got many different sides of music to us.
- John Otto

I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool.
- John Otto

Even on the drum level, it's all about stating your theme,
going back to certain things that need to be emphasized,
not doing fills for the sake of doing fills.
- John Otto

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When the songs pop out, that's like the climax of us building.
- John Otto

I'd take the syncopation and play swing,
and then read the syncopation lines with my left hand.
- John Otto

When the snares don't hit together, it's just the most awful thing to hear.
- John Otto

I was really conscious of that when I went in because
I felt that I was pretty solid on the first one,
but I didn't have the groove exactly where I wanted it.
- John Otto

Onstage, it's more of a momentary pressure.
- John Otto

We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it -
a lot more than what we did on our first album.
- John Otto

I usually go with the first instinct,
and then build upon that.
- John Otto

Sometimes the band can't fully hear your fill,
so they come in differently.
So I've also learned not to really step out too much,
because you sacrifice the band when you do that.
- John Otto

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
- John Otto

I've always liked funk and rock and everything.
- John Otto

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
- Henry James

I'm also working on a track for Howard Hewett,
and a theme for a new NPR show.
- George Duke

I really don't have a theme when I start a sculpture.
The rock guides me to the final sculpture.
I think that is true for many creative sculpture artists.
- Jimmy Carl Black

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea,
though many there be that have tried it.
- Herman Melville

The theme of the party was Neverland Ranch,
so guests were asked to come as anyone or anything
associated with Michael Jackson.
It was all very disturbing.
- April Winchell

Obsession led me to write.
It's been that way with every book I've ever written.
I become completely consumed by a theme,
by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
- Anne Rice

In this case they're doctors.
But having passion for your work and to take risks
in order to better human kind.
That's a pretty big theme.
It's pretty inspiring.
- Mary Stuart Masterson

Disney's something to be a little alarmed about.
It's not just a little theme park anymore.
It's now an ethic and outlook and strategy that goes
way beyond central Florida.
- Carl Hiaasen

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme,
as their real subject.
Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
- Johannes Brahms

If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a
hundred canvases on the same theme.
- Pablo Picasso

You know, usually with movies there are periods,
dark areas, where I might not be getting what I wanted out of a theme.
I'll have to go over and over it again.
- Trevor Rabin

My abiding theme is separations.
- Judith Rossner

The difference of the degrees in which the individuals
of a great community enjoy the good things of life
has been a theme of declaration and discontent in all ages.
- William Herschel

When the news wants to tell you something is important,
they put dramatic theme music behind it.
They scare you into watching the story.
- Aaron McGruder

The theme is the theme of humiliation,
which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the
freedom from humiliation,
and love, which is the square root of wonderful.
- Carson McCullers

In all love stories the theme is love and tragedy,
so by writing these types of stories,
I have to include tragedy.
- Nicholas Sparks

Judaism is an intellectually based religion,
and the single most important theme is that of study.
- Norman Lamm

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It's a very tough time for the playwright.
Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park
with all these long-running shows.
- John Lithgow

In Ski Party we are reading up on how to have fun without sex.
That was the theme of every AIP picture!
- Dwayne Hickman

It's an indication of how cynical our society has become
that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically
ridiculed as sentimental junk.
- Winona Ryder

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.
It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
The theme, what's behind the emotion,
the meaning, all that comes later.
- Stanley Kubrick

I'm singing the music publisher's theme song -
it ain't a commercial.
- Hoagy Carmichael

Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
- Woodrow Wilson

I like theme parks.
The fastest roller coaster I've ever been on is at a casino in Nevada.
- Tia Carrere

Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion...
the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.
- Dorothea Lange

To me I think artists in general make a statement -
and for the rest of their lives -
every album,
every book - are variations on a theme.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

It was by design that we mostly used pictures that
you could not necessarily see what was going on,
and that didn't really focus in on the band,
but instead focused in on a theme.
- Mike McCready

If I found a cure for a huge disease,
while I was hobbling up onstage to accept the Nobel
Prize they'd be playing the theme song from 'Three's Company'.
- John Ritter

Each of my records has a different focus,
a different theme.
- Mark Edwards

The first thing I learned was the theme from Peter Gunn.
- Pat Metheny

My theme for philanthropy is the same approach I used with technology:
to find a need and fill it.
- An Wang

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme.
To me, that's never been important.
- Len Wein

I was wildly out of style when that television theme
song suddenly pushed its way onto the Top Ten.
It was certainly not the record company trying to make that happen.
- John Sebastian

If you look at music, you see theme,
variation,
you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure,
and these are related to skills in the real world.
- Dave Van Ronk

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

I played, like, a year of piano until I learned the Pink Panther theme.
That was my goal.
Once I was good enough, I quit.
Now my music has to have some rock.
- Jack Black

It's based around a Jewish family but it really is
a universal theme about getting along and coming along.
- Jami Gertz

Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs
to have a principal theme,
I search for a melody.
- Michel Legrand

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals
I was writing about because the theme that runs through
this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I tried to pay some small tribute to A Man and a Woman
(1966) with the recurring musical theme.
- Dwight Yoakam

Let it be understood, in the first place,
that a science fiction story must be an exposition
of a scientific theme and it must be also a story.
- Hugo Gernsback

New York is a theme park for people with IQs over 108.
- Doug Coupland

They say great themes make great novels.
but what these young writers don't understand is that
there is no greater theme than men and women.
- John O'Hara

Evil hiding among us is an ancient theme.
- John Carpenter

One of my theme songs is that if you can't do it in a test tube,
don't do it.
- Martin Fleischmann

If there's an enduring theme in my work,
it's probably the effects of class on American life.
- Richard Russo

I began to write a kind of waltz and in a little more
than an hour I had the theme written.
- Maurice Jarre

If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books
and the Quest for Tomorrow books,
you'll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic
questions that Star Trek asked.
- William Shatner

You can't tell any kind of a story without having some kind of a theme,
something to say between the lines.
- Robert Wise

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is
contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations.
The complete mystery of music is explained right there.
- Pierre Schaeffer

I thought I would reflect here on a theme most scientists enjoy recalling:
the part luck played in their accomplishments.
- Edmond H. Fischer

I do what I do because of Walt Disney -
his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining.
- John Lasseter

I paint according to the moment and the theme.
I don't have any prejudice.
Life concerns me.
- Ralph Allen


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