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Leo Kottke Quotes and Sayings

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I was two and a half and my folks would put it on the
record player and I would run around the house screaming,
but I haven't been that hip since.
- Leo Kottke

It was a kind of paralysis you would get from tendonitis
and I would last about five to ten minutes into the
set and it would set in and I really couldn't play.
- Leo Kottke

The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to
give yourself and the audience some relief because
a performance is not about great guitar playing it's
really about entertainment.
- Leo Kottke

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted
to hear a guitar played as a piano.
- Leo Kottke

 

The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and
I loved it but I don't remember it.
- Leo Kottke

I am evidence that you don't have to sell a lot of
records or succeed in the usual way to have a big audience and a job.
- Leo Kottke

I will literally open my mouth not knowing what is coming out.
- Leo Kottke

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We had a day off here yesterday and I just sat in my room and played.
- Leo Kottke

I do have a library of events I can talk about and
I always expect to find a different point of view on
it so even if I talk about the same event in the same town it's fresh.
- Leo Kottke

I have always thought of myself as a performer first
and way down the line as a recording artist.
- Leo Kottke

When the audience is awful you can still have a great
night and people will walk out thinking they had a
great time even though there was loads of loudmouths
and the sound was terrible.
- Leo Kottke

You can't really tell what the audience wants but you
can tell what will keep everybodies attention in the same place.
- Leo Kottke

It depends on the time of the year and who I've been talking to,
I try to put people in the studio I like.
- Leo Kottke

Yeah, the first thing that comes to mind is not to try too hard.
- Leo Kottke

The principle element in a performance is risk,
and if you're losing interest then by scaring yourself
to death the audience will feel it and boy it'll wake them up.
- Leo Kottke

I think if you are writing an instrumental you are
dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a
lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and
a much more expensive exercise.
- Leo Kottke

I seem to find different material every four to six
months and I frequently forget it which is a shame
because it would be nice to have a bigger library.
- Leo Kottke

I'm not subject to their rise and fall because I'm not accepted by them,
so I have my own little curve going on.
A lot of it is because of how much I play,
I think I connect like when all you had was Vaudeville,
I think I have an audience by performing a lot!
- Leo Kottke

That was when I found out that you could talk to them
and it was a whole other way to blow your stack,
and it's so much fun to perform that you want to do
it again and the more you get out of it the better.
- Leo Kottke

I would say that if you don't feel like talking to
the crowd something is wrong and if you force yourself
to talk to them things will happen and to that extent
things aren't choreographed.
- Leo Kottke

I think that open tunings are a trap really because
it's really hard not to sound like an open tuning when
your using one and that gets old as well as what you
learn in one open tuning is going to stay there.
- Leo Kottke

When a record company looks at me I'm very hard to market,
I don't really fit anywhere, It's hard to get me on the air,
and I'm hard to demography, but!
because of that I'm not subject to trends like you pointed out.
- Leo Kottke

It is not a mystical thing, however,
it is obvious and practical and I think that what the
performer does is to try to get to that point with
every choice you make from the phrasing in a tune to the choice of tunes.
- Leo Kottke

Yeah I do and I don't mind, in fact that is one of
the real encouraging things about this whole career
of mine is that there are tunes I wrote almost thirty
years ago that I will still play in front of an audience
and I still like the old tunes.
- Leo Kottke

Yes and for two reasons: one, I couldn't find anything to imitate at the time,
and secondly because what I heard on the radio didn't
bear any resemblance to what I wanted to hear on the guitar.
- Leo Kottke

It's true that the more you put in the more you get
out and that has to be there I think,
If you aren't really hooked on your instrument this
job would be a hell on earth but if you are,
it's the best.
- Leo Kottke

We spent a lot of time on that record with the sound
and recorded it on the Paramount sound stage which
is this huge room where the sound is reflected but
the reflection is so late and comes from so far away
that it doesn't blur the music but gives you a room nonetheless.
- Leo Kottke

It was almost two years after I left Capital that I
put out the first one on Chrysalis and that was really
instructive because it was no better in particular
than any other record I'd done.
- Leo Kottke

I don't spend a lot of time thinking of what they'll do musically,
I try to imagine being locked into a windowless room
with this person for twelve hours at a time.
If you can look at that and think it might be fun then
maybe you've got the right musician.
- Leo Kottke

I was required by Capital to release one every six
months and the fastest I could do with all my touring was every nine months,
and it would spook me every time because I never had
what I needed and I really didn't want to do covers.
- Leo Kottke

There are nights when you can feel stale because you've
fallen into a pattern by touring too much,
but it's easy to get out of it by deliberately getting
in trouble and playing yourself into a corner to then
see if you can get out of it.
- Leo Kottke

I was taking a nose dive somewhere between eleven and
twelve because my sister had died and I was practicing
something that siblings do which is follow in their
footsteps and die as well.
- Leo Kottke

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein PHOTO

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

To live a satisfying life requires two steps...
1. Plan your life goals.
2. Act on your plan - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- Audrey Hepburn

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

Life change comes about in two complementary ways -
the "aha" moment, which occurs in a flash of insight;
and the conscious redesigning of habitual behaviors,
which is a lifelong project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A great gift requires two people,
the giver and the receiver.
Think of a football pass -
skillfully catching the pass, the gift,
is fully as important, and difficult, as throwing it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons
to promote the good and happiness of one another.
- Eustace Budgell

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
- Mencius

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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