Richard Thompson Quotes

36 Richard Thompson quotes:

"The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records."
"I try to look for the good in everybody, regardless of the way they're labeled."
"When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience, you really are a man without any clothes on. And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are, I suppose. I quite enjoy it."
"Well, first of all it's entertainment. That stops us becoming too pretentious or thinking we're great artists."
"As the writer, you're always a presence in the song. If you get close to what human beings are like, you're writing about common experience. We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody, then you've also nailed yourself."
"It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something."
"I'm always making a conscious effort to be viable and accessible."
"There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now."
"But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there."
"I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action."
"We were attempting to restore the culture of Britain for the British, ... But the English, in particular, aren't comfortable with their own culture. To be taken seriously, it has to come from somewhere else. So we remained a cult band."
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"I want people to come to my music without prejudice. I want them to get the music first. And who I am isn't that important. If they like the songs to me that's a good thing."
"It's amazing what some people read into songs."
"You want the audience to be uncomfortable."
"I'll try to imagine something and see what happens. But it usually winds up being about something fairly concrete and close to home."
"I have to remind myself not to set boundaries."
"Lenders now feel the agenda has changed, with inquiries looking at virtually every source of income. Some aspect of these inquiries appears to be based upon an assumption of excess profitability. This seems dubious when you look at the numbers."
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"I suppose the mindset for a band show is more that you overpower the audience. That sounds rather totalitarian, doesn't it?"
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"I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself."
"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it."
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