Leo Kottke Quotes


35 Leo Kottke quotes:



"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."
"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."
"I don't come up with that much slide stuff anymore but I did in the beginning and all of a sudden I was dying to write instrumentals."
"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."
"I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted to hear a guitar played as a piano."
"I have always been a tone freak and that's what hooked me on the guitar to begin with, and I think it's the primary thrill before the music ."
"I have always thought of myself as a performer first and way down the line as a recording artist."
"I never had any problems, and it was always a surprise to those audiences when they heard how much sound was available on a flat top guitar."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I will literally open my mouth not knowing what is coming out."
"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."
"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!"
"If you get really worn out that's frequently a good way to get an idea because your usual noise isn't happening and they can come through easier."
"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."
"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."



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