Quotes from Musicians: Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger & Neil Young

Today I’m featuring a bunch of quotes from Musicians. Call me a music junkie, music buff or someone who eats, sleeps and breathes music, but I love music.

Quotes from people (famous or non-famous or even anonymous people) tend to inspire your’s truly (like most free-thinking brain-bearing individuals out there). Hopefully one of these quotes makes you get off your chair and tend to something you have been procrastinating to do.

Maybe one of these inspires you the write the greatest song the world has ever known. Who knows? Either way, time will tell, eventually.

Here’s my collection of Quotes from Musicians

Joni Mitchell Quotes

“Buddy Holly and the early rock ‘n’ roll was no lighter than the way I play. It’s very minimal.”

“At the point where I’m trying to force something and it’s not happening, and I’m getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.”

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“I learned a woman is never an old woman.”

“No one likes to have less than they had before. That’s the nature of the human animal.”

“The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have a need for what they don’t have at all, which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn and a perverse obsession with youth.”

“We have a war dictator who was not elected, he snuck in. so he punishes people that threaten him in any way, or even say something he doesn’t like. It has no resemblance to democracy. ”

“You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.”

“You know, Neil Young is singing Rock n’ roll will never die, and Neil never rocked and rolled in his life. I mean, he rocked, but he didn’t roll. He has got no swing in him.”

More info about Joni Mitchell

She was born in November 1943. She’s a Canadian musician, songwriter and painter. Over the course of her career she has been awarded 9 regular Grammy awards.

She is probably most famous for her song Big Yellow Taxi which has also been done by Amy Grant and more recently by Counting Crows.

Mick Jagger Quotes

“I came into music just because I wanted the bread. It’s true. I looked around and this seemed like the only way I was going to get the kind of bread I wanted.”

“I am not a librarian of my own work. It’s a good thing not to be too involved with what you have done.”

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“I have never wanted to give up performing on stage, but one day the tours will be over.”

“I’d rather be dead than singing “Satisfaction” when I’m forty-five.”

“Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts. ”

“People think they know you. They know the things about you that you have forgotten.”

“The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either.”

“The elusive nature of love… it can be such a fleeting thing. You see it there and it’s just fluttering and it’s gone.”

More info about Mick Jagger

He was born in July 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. World famous for being the Rolling Stones frontman. Mick Jagger is a accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, record and film producer. He needs no introduction. In late 2003 he was knighted by the Prince of Wales for his services in music.

Neil Young Quotes

“As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn’t see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more.”

“Back then people closed their eyes and listened to music. Today there’s a lot of images that go with the music. A lot of music is crap and it’s all commercial and the images are all trying to sell the record.”

“I don’t like war. I particularly don’t like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of. ”

“I don’t think I’m a thorn in the industry, I’m just another part of it.”

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“I have so many opinions about everything it just comes out during my music. It’s a battle for me. I try not to be preachy. That’s a real danger.”

“It’s a blue album, but it’s not a blues album. I’m not pretending all of a sudden now I’m blues.”

“Some people put down all presidents. If you say anything good about any of them, they think you’re supporting everything they do.”

“The thing about my music is, there really is no point.”

“To protect our freedoms, it seems we’re going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time.”

“When the punk thing came along and I heard my friends saying, I hate these people with the pins in their ears. I said, Thank God, something got their attention.”

“With a lot of songs on this record, one verse doesn’t relate to the next verse. I don’t think that one day really relates to the next day in life.”

More info about Neil Young

He was born in 1945 in Canada. He’s a famous singer-songwriter and musician. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1995 for his solo work and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him at number 34 in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Well, there you have, some great quotes from Musicians. I trust that you found this interesting and insightful.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Quotes category on Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Henno Kruger

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