Music, as many people have said, is the universal language. Of course points are made which make you think about things, but ultimately it makes you feel. And that's why people remember more songs that have meant something during their life than films. They start to define periods in your life, and that's kind of the beauty of it.— Scott Weiland
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I can't read sheet music, I have to just listen to it, and then just go for it.
Computers and the Internet have made it really easy to rant. It's made everyone overly opinionated.
Making an album should be an honest experience.
It shouldn't be about trying to gauge where popular music is today; it should be about artistic expression and putting down what you want to put down.
Writing the songs and producing the songs and arranging them and recording them is your canvas and your palette and your brush.
Dead fish don't swim around in jealous tides.
Shoot the bad guys and I'll gladly sing a tune for you.
Great classic music that I've been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting.
To be a great band it's like you have that telepathy.
You know when the bass player's in back of you without even looking. You know when your guitar player's coming up to you to lean up to you and sing into your microphone. You just know these things. You feel it. You feel the energy of it.
I suffer from manic-depressive disorder, and I've chosen not to take medication for it. Because of that, every once in a while I go through manic episodes and really depressed episodes.
Processed pig is white trash meat. Some people call it Spam.
I'd sell one of my songs for any car commercial in the world that paid enough money. But to stay in the Top Ten for weeks on end when I'm in my forties by letting Glen Ballard write songs for me? F**k that.
When I'm not completely loaded, it's a much more vulnerable place.
I can feel the music, I can feel the energy and I really have to put it out there. When I was loaded, I was just oblivious.
When you're in love, you've found your soul mate, you think life is going one way, and suddenly it's completely apparent it's not. You have to rethink your whole purpose.
I prefer to break new ground, but it gets harder and harder with the territory that's already been walked on.
When people ask me if I have a hobby, a lot of times my answer is that I like to surf in warm water. I like to ski, if I have the opportunity. But really, I like to go to my studio and write music that I want to write, where there's no pressure to come up with a hit single.
It's got big riffs and really it's a rock and roll album.
I think Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans will relate to that
I want a performance style that's more cerebral and emotional than physical.
I want to be a creative artist, not a whirling dervish.
I sang in choir as a kid.
The thing is, unfortunately, I write the best songs when I'm miserable.
I want my ex-wife and children to be happy.
It's a beautiful thing to be that committed to something that you get so much joy from, but it is like a sick addiction, because sometimes it's incredibly volatile, incredibly painful, and very frustrating. A man shouldn't be defined by his work, but I am.
I'm not sober. I haven't done drugs in 3 1/2 years, so I call myself clean.
As I've gotten older, I've found that I'm not afraid anymore to throw my influences into making a record.
It doesn't matter what kind of problems a family is having; it should always stay in the family.
Eventually I want to subsidize my income with other creative outlets that are going to not keep me tied to the road so much.
You are only as big as your experiences.
I tend to get my hands into all these other things and all these distractions, and after a while I start feeling depleted.
It seems like everyone's got an agenda, and the agenda seems to be selling magazines or air time with sensational stories.
To be appreciated by a whole 'nother generation of fans, all of a sudden discovering you, it's kind of what I did with the classic bands I love - the ones that influenced me.
Bowie's obviously my biggest influence.
But at this phase of my life, I want to write and not have to think about whether a song is going to be a hit. I want to explore the music that inspires me, and I don't want to ape myself.
Rock and roll doesn't allow you to grow up - especially if you're not trying very hard to.
You know, you've got to be careful with how you educate your kids in rock'n'roll fashion.
I'm going to take care of myself because that's what I need to take care of.
Well, a lot of successes come by mistake.
Who you are as a performer is one thing, but when you're making records, you're dealing with musicians' tastes, their goals, their wants, their needs, everyone's individual pride.
I had a period in my life in the '90s where I was definitely young, dumb, and full of even more dumb.
It's incredibly stressful when the person you love is having a child.
There's a beauty in being part of a band, when there's equality and trust.
I've changed the way I look at things.
When I put out a record or single I don't allow myself to set up expectations like, "This song must be a number one hit. Its got to sell X amount of records." I have fallen into that trap before.
I see love, like art, as an obsession.
Maybe that's an overly romantic view of human existence, but I'm an overly romantic human being. If love, like rock and roll, doesn't consume me 24-7, it's not love. It can be respect, appreciation, admiration, wonderment, it can be a world of glory and a lifetime of peace, but I can't call it love. Love burns me and confuses me. Love's a light that can't be extinguished.
Sing the song or keep it inside.
I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they're not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.
It's better to not set your expectations high.
And that's what happens when you have a long career - not every album is going to be record setting.
When you're really looking forward to something, you don't feel the sense of pressure.