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I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band. ...
by Ruben Blades

I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
- Ruben Blades

It's almost as if people think that in Latin America
we're not hip to what's happening here.
- Ruben Blades

So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.
- Ruben Blades

So that when I came from Panama...
my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.
- Ruben Blades

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We had something to say.
Whenever we played, people didn't dance,
they listened.
- Ruben Blades

So that when I came to New York again,
it was, I'm not too sure right now, but it was '74 or '75.
I went to Miami in '74 and then I came to New York,
I think, at the end of '74.
- Ruben Blades

It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and
we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.
- Ruben Blades


 

So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer,
I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime.
- Ruben Blades

So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities
from the urban cities of Latin America.
- Ruben Blades

I was the first person to come into New York with a
Latin American point of view which was also very much
influenced by political happenings in Latin America.
- Ruben Blades

I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama,
on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.
- Ruben Blades

They're making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.
- Ruben Blades

And, he'd seen me in Panama, and he talked about maybe
doing something in New York so I hooked it up when
I came here and I recorded in 1969 my first album with Pete Rodriguez.
- Ruben Blades

It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.
- Ruben Blades

But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.
- Ruben Blades

And music was a very important part of our lives.
The radio was on all day.
- Ruben Blades

A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.
- Ruben Blades

What is interesting in this is the exchange of music
that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba,
I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another.
- Ruben Blades

There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything.
- Ruben Blades

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing.
She was also a radio soap opera actress,
but my mother sang.
- Ruben Blades

Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music.
- Ruben Blades

Rock is young music, it is youth oriented.
It just speaks for a generation.
- Ruben Blades

Every band had their own distinctive sound,
but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music
with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.
- Ruben Blades

You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing.
I don't like a rut.
- Ruben Blades

Yes, I was going to law school and it was closed in '69.
- Ruben Blades

I think we risk becoming the best informed society
that has ever died of ignorance.
- Ruben Blades

What I do not accept is the fact that so many people's talents were ripped off.
- Ruben Blades

In those days the big U.S.
labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.
- Ruben Blades

People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.
- Ruben Blades

I didn't do drugs, I never did do drugs.
Never.
I don't have any story of drugs, you know,
to speak of.
Never did drugs, never was interested in drugs and
then I wasn't interested in the people around the drugs.
- Ruben Blades

I think in New York we had respect and we would pretty
much fill up the places where we went,
but I never got the sense that we really were Number
1 here in New York among the Latin crowds.
- Ruben Blades

So I went to Miami in '74 with my family and while
I was there it became obvious that we needed money
and we needed to do something,
because my family, we left without anything really,
and we didn't have any money to begin with.
- Ruben Blades

The grandmother, the mother, the worker,
the student, the intellectual, the professional,
the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs
because they were descriptions of life in the city.
- Ruben Blades

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon.
It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
- Tom Hanks

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because
I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead.
and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
- Elie Wiesel

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did
not reflect positively on my father's life.
- Sidney Poitier

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
you could not ignore its beauty.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

I thought it would be my one and only exhibition,
so I decided to call it My Major Retrospective.
- Tracey Emin

After about a year or so, I was in L.A.;
I'd decided to try to get a band together out there.
- Stephen Stills

I decided that, somehow, I had to get out of there and go to Hollywood.
I had never been to America.
- Renny Harlin

I had a big troupe, a big army and it was a lot of fun.
And, after 10 years of that, I just decided that I
wanted to travel and do special dates.
I go to Las Vegas these days.
- Bobby Vinton

I decided during my teens that I wasn't going to have
the life of a concert pianist,
much to the chagrin of a lot of people who had put a lot of money into me!
- Cy Coleman

When we started the band, it was because we were waiting
for a sound that never happened.
We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves.
- Mike Shinoda

I created the characters from what I read in the script.
I decided how I should talk, accent,
no accent,
my own voice, or a created voice.
Then, I visualize what I should look like.
- Ruth Buzzi

I haven't lost faith in human nature and I haven't
decided to be less compassionate to strangers.
- Armistead Maupin

He decided to plunge on with pardons over the department's objections,
or where he knew that there would be objections if
he had let career prosecutors know what he was doing.
- Barbara Olson

It's hard to generalize, because they're all different.
When I started, I decided to take as much advantage
as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field.
- Walter Jon Williams

I think our relationship with Epic had run its natural course,
and it happened to coincide with the fulfillment of our contract.
We decided not to resign with them.
- Mike McCready

I thought that the chief thing to be done in order
to equal boys was to be learned and courageous.
So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do.
After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own
way in style and see what would happen.
- Carl Sandburg

Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one
of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time.
- Edward Bond

I can't wait to front my band with these new songs and play for fans,
but I've decided to keep my day job too.
- Richard Marx

This work made me more and more interested in biological matter,
and I decided that I really wanted to work on the X-ray
analysis of biological molecules.
- Aaron Klug

We figured you could download live shows for days,
so we decided to go for a cream-of-the-crop approach,
but not just take the best vocal or the best performances.
- Ben Harper

I decided to write short stories because they got rejected quicker.
- Caroline B. Cooney

There's a huge demand for my entertainment,
and I can't meet the need.
So I decided to try a TV show to reach as many of my fans as possible.
- Tyler Perry

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children
were an unnatural strain on parents.
So they provided jails called schools,
equipped with tortures called an education.
- John Updike

I was 36, and I had decided to quit acting because it was so disappointing.
- Phil Hartman

It was only after Pather Panchali had some success
at home that I decided to do a second part.
But I didn't want to do the same kind of film again,
so I made a musical.
- Satyajit Ray

When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot.
Basically we all are.
Loneliness comes with life.
- Whitney Houston

When I decided to go to a country that subsidized music,
I went to the Soviet Union for two years.
- Alex North

I decided to run for governor because I got mad...
I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
- Jesse Ventura

She's 32, and she has three children.
She loves to be pregnant but she doesn't want anymore children in her life.
So she decided to help another couple.
And she's just been amazing.
- Cheryl Tiegs


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