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Robert Wyatt Quotes and Sayings

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There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.
- Robert Wyatt

I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly,
and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground,
working to become a caterpillar.
- Robert Wyatt

Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism,
and kind of standing against the world:
to me that's the ultimate nightmare.
I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
- Robert Wyatt

When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital
S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.
- Robert Wyatt

 

The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of,
aren't particularly youth culture.
- Robert Wyatt

Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom,
it gets you less.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't find the business easy.
The moment you start talking about the business,
you start sounding like someone in Spinal Tap.
- Robert Wyatt

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When there is a voice in a piece of music,
we tend to focus on the voice.
That is probably something from when we were babies
and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.
- Robert Wyatt

People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s.
Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it.
Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
- Robert Wyatt

I've always liked pop music.
There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene,
because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way,
really.
- Robert Wyatt

I know people who grow old and bitter.
I want to keep making a fresh start.
I don't want them to defeat me.
That would be suicidal.
- Robert Wyatt

I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.
- Robert Wyatt

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs,
I became basically a singer.
I was a drummer who did a bit of singing,
and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
- Robert Wyatt

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing,
to be honest.
- Robert Wyatt

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment
with what I've already done.
- Robert Wyatt

My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people
who at last really reach something in their old age,
which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.
- Robert Wyatt

The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.
- Robert Wyatt

I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me.
I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
- Robert Wyatt

Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make
a pop single and find out that it isn't.
- Robert Wyatt

Even if you're specific about the character of the song,
it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in
such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

We did not get any money from the early records.
It was all taken by crooked managers.
It is just a gangster's paradise.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't do live things.
- Robert Wyatt

I think the people who did well, or are happy,
in a youth industry, they define themselves out of
the business after a decade or so.
- Robert Wyatt

On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
- Robert Wyatt

This constant pressure from record companies to come
up with a hit single or something like that,
I find completely tiresome.
- Robert Wyatt

I only choose musicians who I think will emerge,
can emerge, with their own character,
while still going along with the tune in question.
- Robert Wyatt

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot,
and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.
- Robert Wyatt

In the past, so many of my records, really,
have been sketches for records that never really got made.
- Robert Wyatt

I think that pop, and to some extent rock,
are like sport and fashion industry in that they're
about the exuberance of youth.
That's the sort of subliminal ideology.
- Robert Wyatt

It just doesn't mean anything to me,
the high-profile,
big money side of things.
I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do,
and hang around my friends.
- Robert Wyatt

If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it,
you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once.
And hope that the experience you have makes up for
the some of the diminishing energy.
- Robert Wyatt

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life,
but I remember a great relief and happiness that I
was finally getting somewhere,
finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.
- Robert Wyatt

I play music a lot but on my own mostly,
so it was nice to be around other people.
There was a certain sense a relief in the physical
act of just playing and being with other musicians.
- Robert Wyatt

I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them.
Roger was very important, I thought,
his contribution.
And so was Rick's organ playing.
It was a good band.
It became something else completely,
obviously.
- Robert Wyatt

There are people I would like to work with.
It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway,
and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate.
So I tend to stick to my own thing.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't know how many thoughts we have a second,
but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down
the appropriate sequence of those,
all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
- Robert Wyatt

Love is blind.
My politics has been, too.
I think you can fall in love with ideas,
and you can fall in love with people.
It's a very subjective experience.
And I'm loyal to that experience.
- Robert Wyatt

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain


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