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Tommy Shaw Quotes and Sayings

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I'd better be on the road, or I'll be going nuts.
I'm not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe
and slippers watching soap operas.
- Tommy Shaw

When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me
and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.
- Tommy Shaw

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold
Your Hand than to take lessons.
By this time I knew basic chords.
- Tommy Shaw

I've always stuck with Gibsons.
I've had Guilds and Fenders, too, but I always wind
up going back to Gibsons.
- Tommy Shaw

 

There were some older guitarists on my side of town,
and I got to know many of them.
- Tommy Shaw

As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand.
There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.
- Tommy Shaw

Around '75 when the recession hit, club owners started
going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just
buy a sound system than it was to hire a band.
- Tommy Shaw

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It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head.
I think most people have original music playing in
their heads from time to time.
- Tommy Shaw

Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.
- Tommy Shaw

I like being on the road, living in hotels.
While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there.
- Tommy Shaw

I don't like looking back.
- Tommy Shaw

I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage
guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.
- Tommy Shaw

I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
- Tommy Shaw

When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me,
this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue.
- Tommy Shaw

We were playing popular music, but we were doing our
own arrangements because we were too lazy to sit down
and figure out the originals.
- Tommy Shaw

If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for.
- Tommy Shaw

Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract.
- Tommy Shaw

By the time I did that third solo album,
I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned
that I liked being in a band.
- Tommy Shaw

Once you start thinking about it in a mercenary frame of mind,
then you're finished.
You're a joke, because there are too many mercenaries out there already.
- Tommy Shaw

I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation
into a solo world with no boundaries,
no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.
- Tommy Shaw

When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights,
and if you have a competent attorney,
your rights will be protected.
- Tommy Shaw

I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom,
written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.
- Tommy Shaw

Timing is everything.
- Tommy Shaw

If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually
carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write.
- Tommy Shaw

We're kind of defined by our mistakes.
- Tommy Shaw

I have always been a sucker for the big,
upbeat chorus.
- Tommy Shaw

I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.
- Tommy Shaw

When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing.
- Tommy Shaw

I don't write on tour.
There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.
- Tommy Shaw

I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church.
Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television
singing their hearts out.
- Tommy Shaw

You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day.
- Tommy Shaw

I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.
- Tommy Shaw

Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat
the hell out of them and they'll still work.
The only trouble with them is finding good ones.
- Tommy Shaw

When it stops being fun, stop.
- Tommy Shaw

On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason.
On electric guitar I keep basic: C, G,
D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me.
- Tommy Shaw

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

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

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.
If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.
- Anonymous

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

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Build a better mousetrap
and the world will beat a path to your door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Kindness is better than piety.
- Yiddish Proverb

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Better late than never.
- Proverb

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Prevention is better than cure.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop


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