Elvis Costello Quotes


33 Elvis Costello quotes:



"The songs will tell a story that I have imagined existing between the lines of Andersen's biography and some of his most famous tales, ... They speak of a misfit's love for an unattainable woman and a struggle between a huckster and someone who composes music in secret."
Author: Costello Quotes Category: Biography Quotes
"I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time."
"Mention Hubert Sumlin, as well, because Hubert's a great man, and again, you know, I don't play the guitar very good, but when I'm playing this kind of music, I always have him in my mind. I wish I could play like Hubert."
"Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things."
"We have to speak up now,"
"And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it."
"And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music."
"But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of The Delivery Man could never achieve."
"I know that when I make a record like The Delivery Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno, this is going to reach a wider audience, because it communicates in that very direct way."
"There are many critics who have an idealised version of where my strengths lie."
"These are the sort of things that push you on in music - the curiosity, a passion for new ideas."
"Well, I've had a lot of different experiences in music over the years. And not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you."
"Well, T Bone's had a remarkable career as a producer since the time that we first worked together. He was dividing his time between recording and producing when we first met, and touring. We toured together and we were great friends."
"Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock'n'roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And I've done lots of different things, as you know, but every so often I get drawn back."
"And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even."
"I followed The Byrds a lot, and then when they did a country styled record it made me curious to know who these people were that they liked."
"You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record, otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity."
"Seems to me, that the worlds are moving closer together rather than one invading the other. I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies."
Author: Costello Quotes Category: Music Quotes
"I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music."
"I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused."



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