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And I decided I really felt I was missing a lot of things in my tai chi education, and that the answer to it was Master Ren.
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Bodily changes take place, like the thing with the kick.
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But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but.
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But in this particular instance he had showed me something, and I know I have a very short attention span, and have to always compensate for it, so I was very much afraid that if I didn't stay on top of this thing, I knew the next day we'd go over the very same thing again.
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But it's the things that preceded it that made that happen, and of course now someone like me thinks, well, if I can do that... then there are a lot of other things that are possible.
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Don't the people you're around shape the music, is that what you're saying? Everything does.
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How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?
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I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.
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I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music.
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I can concentrate on my art.
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I cleaned up my act because otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.
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I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
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I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.
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I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.
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I don't like overdubs, never liked them.
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I don't really think about what the subject of my next album will be. I just know that I'm going to make another album.
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I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist. I'm a student of the martial arts.
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I had started also studying because I wanted to learn more about power and fighting.
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I love Ornette Coleman. I love Don Cherry. I love the way those guys play.
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I mean, there are peripheral things I do, I do photography, I write plays, I have books published, but that's neither here not there.
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I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.
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I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.
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I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.
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I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
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I try very much, whenever I do projects, whatever it is, there's only one thing on my mind, only one thing.
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I was interested in making them sound as good as I can make them because the original mixes really hold up because they are recorded on to tape and they sounded really good.
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I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
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I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything.
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I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.
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I'm too old to do things by half.
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If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
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In the hotel find out is there a conference room, a board room, and at some point there's bound to be one that's empty. In you go, and you just lock it.
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In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound - whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle.
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It's a live album and that means something new, a new beginning.
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It's authentic and not a lot of rock'n'roll records are really authentic.
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Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.
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Me, I've concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.
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Music was what bothered me, what interested me.
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My attitude is that you very rarely come in contact with someone of Master Ren's level, so every opportunity I could get to learn from him I wanted to do that.
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My God is rock'n'roll.
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One of my rules is: Never listen to your old stuff.
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Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.
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Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.
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Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right.
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Take a walk on the wild side.
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That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.
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The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
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The music business doesn't interest me anymore.
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There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
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There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time.
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These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.
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Well all tai chi has the martial aspect to it, a lot of people don't know, a lot of the teachers won't show it, or they do show it but you don't really learn it, what the application is.
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When I record an album I'm trying to get as close as possible to that perfect moment.
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When I saw that combination of grace and power, the fast and the soft, the yin and the yang, that's what I'd been looking for.
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With Master Ren, if I'd tell him I can't do that and he'd say, yes you can, and it turns out I very much can do it.
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You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it.
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You know, when you're relaxed, you're putting it out there, and then it comes, oh, I can do that.
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