Musician Truisms


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"Try to look at the big picture ... we're all in it and you're not!"
-- Industry executive to a stubborn engineer
"Could you put that up an octave just a little?"
-- unknown producer
"I just want the vibe of the strings to be on the tape."
-- unknown producer after telling the engineer to erase the string tracks he just spent the entire day recording
"So let's run an instrumental version, and then one without any vocals."
-- Steve Lindsey
"Bruce just listened to all the songs on the greatest hits LP. He wants to speed them all up, except for 'Thunder Road', which speeds up all by itself."
-- Jon Landau
"Does the noise in my head bother you?"
-- Highly caffeinated engineer up for 36 hours.
"I've never liked backwards ideas. It always sounds like you've run out of forwards ideas."
-- Gilson Lavis, former drummer with Squeeze
"Well, that's the dilemma. It's supposed to be a solo and the backing vocals aren't very good, so I'd turn up the hand claps and make it a party sort of vibe."
-- Paul Westerberg in response to Bob's question "Is that a solo?"
"I make records so I can buy art."
-- Jimmy Iovine to Jim Kerr after hearing lyrics to a new Simple Minds song.
Joe Pine (60's talk show host who had a wooden leg) to Frank Zappa "So, with your long hair, I guess that makes you a woman."
Frank Zappa's response -- "So, with your wooden leg, I guess that makes you a table."
"That's not a bug, that's a feature."
-- Phil Cork, SSL software engineer
"Well, it's not really 'hi-fi,' and not really 'lo-fi.' It's just kinda 'fi.'"
-- Aimee Mann
"You don't actually have to be able to understand the lyrics, you've just got to feel like you could if you wanted to"
-- Chuck Plotkin (Producer for Bruce Springsteen)
"Why the hell would I make up a name like 'Froom'?"
-- Mitchell Froom, upon being asked if 'Froom' was his real name
"You play it now, I'll skip it for you later."
-- Producer asking for a part from a violinist after the violinist suggested skipping that section.
"No brain, no headache."
-- Unknown engineer referring to guitarist who accidentally swallowed his guitar pick.

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