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Leo Kottke Quotes and Sayings
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You can't really tell what the audience wants but you
can tell what will keep everybodies attention in the same place.
- Leo Kottke

I have always thought of myself as a performer first
and way down the line as a recording artist.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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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.
- Leo Kottke

Yeah, the first thing that comes to mind is not to try too hard.
- Leo Kottke

We had a day off here yesterday and I just sat in my room and played.
- Leo Kottke


 

The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to
give yourself and the audience some relief because
a performance is not about great guitar playing it's
really about entertainment.
- Leo Kottke

The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and
I loved it but I don't remember it.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

When the audience is awful you can still have a great
night and people will walk out thinking they had a
great time even though there was loads of loudmouths
and the sound was terrible.
- Leo Kottke

It was a kind of paralysis you would get from tendonitis
and I would last about five to ten minutes into the
set and it would set in and I really couldn't play.
- Leo Kottke

The principle element in a performance is risk,
and if you're losing interest then by scaring yourself
to death the audience will feel it and boy it'll wake them up.
- Leo Kottke

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted
to hear a guitar played as a piano.
- Leo Kottke

I will literally open my mouth not knowing what is coming out.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

Yeah I do and I don't mind, in fact that is one of
the real encouraging things about this whole career
of mine is that there are tunes I wrote almost thirty
years ago that I will still play in front of an audience
and I still like the old tunes.
- Leo Kottke

That was when I found out that you could talk to them
and it was a whole other way to blow your stack,
and it's so much fun to perform that you want to do
it again and the more you get out of it the better.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

When a record company looks at me I'm very hard to market,
I don't really fit anywhere, It's hard to get me on the air,
and I'm hard to demography, but!
because of that I'm not subject to trends like you pointed out.
- Leo Kottke

It was almost two years after I left Capital that I
put out the first one on Chrysalis and that was really
instructive because it was no better in particular
than any other record I'd done.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

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.
- Leo Kottke

There are nights when you can feel stale because you've
fallen into a pattern by touring too much,
but it's easy to get out of it by deliberately getting
in trouble and playing yourself into a corner to then
see if you can get out of it.
- Leo Kottke

We spent a lot of time on that record with the sound
and recorded it on the Paramount sound stage which
is this huge room where the sound is reflected but
the reflection is so late and comes from so far away
that it doesn't blur the music but gives you a room nonetheless.
- Leo Kottke

It's true that the more you put in the more you get
out and that has to be there I think,
If you aren't really hooked on your instrument this
job would be a hell on earth but if you are,
it's the best.
- Leo Kottke

Yes and for two reasons: one, I couldn't find anything to imitate at the time,
and secondly because what I heard on the radio didn't
bear any resemblance to what I wanted to hear on the guitar.
- Leo Kottke

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!
- Leo Kottke

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

You change your life by changing your heart.
- Max Lucado

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden


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