Todd Rundgren quotes

  • You would have thought that as you got older the voice would tend to deteriorate in some ways, but I always look at somebody like Tony Bennett, who is my senior, and still can hit those high notes and still can belt it out as good as he ever did. So it must be something about the voice that's unlike the rest of the muscles in your body.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Senior #Voice #Body

  • Recorded music has always been in a sense promotion for live performance, and some artists have discovered that giving it away is as effective as trying to sell it.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Artist #Giving #Trying

  • I guess country music works better in supermarkets.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Country #Supermarkets

  • Аs long as I've got an audience out there to play for, I'm going to continue to play. I have at least enough people that I can go out on the road for 10, 11 weeks at a time.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Play #Long #People

  • I've had production offers with artists I really admire, and oftentimes that doesn't work out. Sometimes it does, but... For instance I was asked if I wanted to do a Talking Heads album back in the late '70s, early '80s, and I was already working on a different project and didn't have time, so I never got the opportunity to work with them.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Opportunity #Artist #Talking

  • As much as I'd like to be listening to other things, I can't do that until I get all of this sort of put to bed.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Listening #Bed

  • I've been essentially not only deconstructing and reconstructing the material to make it suitable for the performance, but I've gone back and found some older material that's appropriate for the show and I've re-recorded that as well in kind of a newer format. So I've been pretty much focused on my own thing.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Gone #Kind #Found

  • Music gets recorded usually in one format, and when you have to take it out and perform it there are other applications and things like that that are better for the live performance.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Format #Application #Performances

  • Sometimes you're a psychiatrist and sometimes you're a group therapist. The dynamics in between people and the misgivings sometimes that artists have when they get into the studio because they're under a different level of scrutiny. A lot of them can be insecure about it. My job is not simply to make musical determinations but sometimes to just keep people from flipping out during the process.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Determination #Jobs #Insecure

  • It's never the same relationship. I see my job as filling in the blanks. Whatever it is that the artist lacks in the process of making a record, I'm supposed to fill that in. And sometimes it's a lot of stuff and I have to hector them about working on the material and that sort of thing. Sometimes you have an artist that's really fairly self-sufficient; they just need another ear to offer some objective criticism, but otherwise pretty much know what they're doing. It varies a lot.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Jobs #Artist #Self

  • I'd like to continue to play until I drop dead on stage or something.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Play #Stage

  • If you're familiar enough with my body of work, my voice is a familiar totem, in a sense. I guess I have something characteristic in the way that I sing, although I'm not very personally self-conscious about it, so I don't think about it that much. But when I hear the record I can tell it's me.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Thinking #Self #Voice

  • People got a little too self-conscious about the techniques that go into recording because sometimes, if you sing too well in tune, people accuse you of auto-tuning. It's like you have to use auto-detuning or something.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Self #People #Tunes

  • I must of woke up this morning with a bug up my ass, I think I'll just haul off and belt the next jerk that I pass.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Morning #Work #Thinking

  • Look upon yourself only with compassion.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Sadness #Compassion #Looks

  • People who have memorized your songs-how can you not love them?
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Music #Song #People

  • So I don't think I'm gonna pull my head into my shell just because a bunch of people start acting like idiots.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Thinking #People #Acting

  • The problem turned out to be that I never was that kind of an artist.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Artist #Kind #Problem

  • It's the only way that YOUR life is gonna have any value to you. If you're just living the same life that everybody else is living what's the point?
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Way #Life Is #Values

  • I've got billions of sparrows to worry about as well as everything else'. So there's the whole idea that whatever it is that you believe, it can never be valid unless you have some consensus reality demonstration.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Believe #Reality #Ideas

  • If you went crazy, would you know it?
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Crazy #Unanswered Questions

  • Every day when I get home from work, I feel so frustrated, my boss is a jerk.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Work #Home #Boss

  • I get my sticks and go out to the shed, and I pound on that drum like it was my boss's head.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Work #Boss #Pounds

  • Today I saw a car crush my little dog under it's wheel.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Crush #Dog #Animal

  • I'll come around to see you once in a while, or if I ever need a reason to smile, and spend the night if you think I should.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Friendship #Night #Thinking

  • Behind every tree there's a new monster.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Halloween #Tree #Monsters

  • I don't have the same restrictions that other people do because I never painted myself into a corner. I've always done things that didn't necessarily fit the form. I've never felt limited in that respect in terms of songwriting.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #People #Done #Fit

  • Most people outside of America won't get it. It's the Easter bunny. It's another lie and I don't understand why we had to invent this character.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Easter #Lying #Character

  • There are still people who believe in that and wake up every day believing it's possible, and invest their whole selves in that.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Believe #Self #People

  • And so it's inescapable and people who proclaim scrupulous honesty can only proclaim that if they don't examine closely the things they believe.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Honesty #Believe #People

  • Love between the ugly, is the most beautiful love of all
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Beautiful #Love Is #Ugly

  • Most people didnt have the bandwidth to download whole albums. And so it brought back this cherry picking idea that the audience would focus on certain songs and possibly be the impetus behind what eventually got on AM radio: the single or whatever.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Song #Ideas #People

  • Singles needed to come back. And what I tried to do in my online experiment was to change the rules for myself and make available at a more regular pace the fruits of my labour, for people who decided they wanted to support my recordings.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #People #Support #Pace

  • One Long Year was just a song here and there, and it was meant to reflect the mood that I was in but unfortunately it also reflected too little of any particular thing rather than hanging together as a whole album.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Song #Years #Long

  • When you're all alone, love one another.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Love One Another #One Love #All Alone

  • I wonder how many eggs are in the golden goose?
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Eggs #Games #Golden

  • I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Rock And Roll #Want #Bangs

  • If you will, then you will, for nothing can withstand your will. As your faith is, so you are, where your mind is there you are.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Mind #Adages

  • I know that I could make this world peaceful and calm, if I only could get my hands on a hydrogen bomb.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Hands #Peaceful #World

  • They may be stupid, but they sure are fun.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Fun #Stupid #May

  • The ultimate crime is not to care.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Peace #Special #Care

  • There must be a God because he made me.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Made #Egotism

  • Kept his locker full of weed just to satisfy his smoking needs and his love of fire.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Weed #Fire #Smoking

  • I prefer hallucinations cause they tend to make more sense than experience.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Alcohol #Drug #Hallucinations

  • My senses tell me hubba.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Compliment

  • It seems like a totally gratuitous myth to tell people a giant rabbit comes round at night leaving candy in a haphazard way around the house... and the cover shows the bunny caught in the act.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Night #People #House

  • It may not necessarily reflect my current frame of mind. Sometimes I have to put myself at the point in time of the voice that I'm trying to sing with.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Voice #Mind #Trying

  • There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives.
    -- Todd Rundgren

    #Lying #Order #Everyday