Top 66 Ry Cooder Quotes

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I've done a fair amount of commercials. I did a bunch o

I’ve done a fair amount of commercials. I did a bunch of Champion spark plug ads and Levi’s and Molson Beer. You wouldn’t know it. But some of it’s damn good.
Ry Cooder
I like the idea that something happens to everybody who comes to L.A. – whether they are Mexican, Irish, black, or hillbillies. You come here, and you leave all your traditions behind. And since there’s no traditions here, you just make one up.
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You can play as good as you want, but you have to sing from a place of living.
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It’s tremendously expensive to make a record on the basis of writing checks.
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That’s what records do: represent a compressed, heightened version of the sound. Because of the compression of the tubes and microphones and the wax, it’s magic!
Ry Cooder
Sure, immigrants will do work that no-one else will do. There was even a movie about it – ‘A Day Without Mexicans.’
Ry Cooder
After all is said and done and institutions fail, people still have some ability to care for each other.
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The blues is so expressive – nostalgic but not sentimental, mournful but not pathetic, so humble and close to the earth. It’s a nuance-filled thing.
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Who does this, at age 71, try to put a tour together from scratch? I have to say it’s scary at times. But I like a challenge ’cause it keeps you on your toes.
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‘Buena Vista Social Club’ is a great song and a difficult tune to play.
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I went on tour with Ricky Skaggs and his wife, Sharon White, and the White Family in 2015. It was fantastic. They’re all the greatest singers of that country stuff, traditional country up into bluegrass.
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I’m a great lover of ballads.
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Uncle Dave Macon was a great balladeer and banjo player from the early part of the 19th century… He would take a social problem or something that he was looking at and make up a clever little song about it, you know, in a language everyone understood, a man of the people.
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You have to be able to improvise and respond to what’s going on around you. Then you might get a good piece of work done.
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If it hadn’t been for record people like Ralph Peer, the Chess brothers, and Alan Lomax, then life would’ve been unbelievably dull, and I would’ve been sacking groceries somewhere and probably, at this point, running a little 7-Eleven down by the airport.
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I can’t help what people write or think. If somebody thinks I’m a serious archivist, they’re wrong. That’s been a problem. It’s a shame people take that attitude, because it affects how they listen to the music. It’s a big mistake to treat any pop music that way.
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Music creates complicity, and then you feel less isolated.
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I always like spoken word records.
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On any given day, if I play the guitar, I can put myself somewhere. I always thought, ‘This is the way you go.’ It’s like a magic carpet, see?
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I’ve been wanting an ice cream truck forever.
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It’s good to see more young people playing instruments.
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Being the front guy is a hard job.
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The Delmore Brothers is hit music – very, very popular – and it still retains that rural flavor and simplicity. I always think of it as family music, really, because families sang it.
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I’m used to music as a tool, taking the various elements and then making something completely new out of them. And writing film music is the perfect opportunity to do that, because you can look at the film and then just let your imagination soar.
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When I was little, 4 or 5 years old, the first guitar I had was given to me by a blacklisted violinist – a lefty, commie guy, pinko man.
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It’s crazy to make records nobody buys. It’s just a waste of time.
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The thing I always found about the gospel music was that it reached further into your being if you like, your mind. It takes hold of you – especially if you sing it and play it.
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I didn’t want tunes that preach heaven: you know, life on Earth is bad and heaven is the only hope we have. I don’t quite care for that. I mean, when people sing that stuff, it’s good when they do it, but I didn’t want to do it.
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I like classical music. I especially like the French composers: Ravel in particular. Debussy. That’s so soothing in a nervous world.
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American global economic imperialism is a fact. It’s a known fact. It’s a simple fact.
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I’ve tended to look at my albums as research and development. I was just trying to get someplace new on each one.
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The '50s was the golden age of music all over the world

The ’50s was the golden age of music all over the world for some crazy, ‘X-File’-like reason I can’t quite understand.
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I used to sneak gospel tunes into my old records, just as kind of a personal thing.
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Santa Monica, where I have always lived, is not a town where you will find storefront Church of God in Christ churches. So, the whole idea of gospel quartet singing is something I never knew existed until I began to hear it on record.
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