Beck quotes

  • I think you have to keep a childlike quality to play music or make a record.
    -- Beck

    #Thinking #Play #Quality

  • You must see yourself as guardian, somebody who will preserve what is true and pass it on. Be a guardian. We don't need militants or revolutionaries. We need guardians. We need leaders.
    -- Beck

    #Leader #Needs #Revolutionary

  • Anything goes. You always find interesting things that way.
    -- Beck

    #Interesting #Anything Goes #Way

  • I've said for years to wives and mothers, you must start to see yourself as Sarah Connor. You must equip your children with the information they need to survive an ever-changing world.
    -- Beck

    #Mother #Children #Years

  • Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.
    -- Beck

    #Positive #Happiness #Stars

  • There are plenty of Minutemen. People willing to be Minutemen. Where are the people that want to be George Washington? Where are the Benjamin Franklins? Where is Sam Adams? Where is John Adams?
    -- Beck

    #People #Want #Franklin

  • I think my whole generation's mission is to kill the cliche.
    -- Beck

    #Thinking #Generations #Cliche

  • Live the principles and the values. Almost nobody in America is living them. Learn the truth. Live the life of our founders. Be a decent, righteous, forthright honest man or woman.
    -- Beck

    #Live Life #Men #America

  • I just go in the studio and write on the spot and see what comes out.
    -- Beck

    #Writing #Spots

  • I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.
    -- Beck

    #Artist #Thinking #Hair

  • Especially in music, you wonder, Okay, should I still be doing this? Like, are you overstaying your welcome at the party? But I don't know.
    -- Beck

    #Party #Welcome #Wonder

  • Growing up, a film was an action film or it was a comedy or it was romantic, but you don't really see such stark lines between genres nowadays.
    -- Beck

    #Growing Up #Lines #Comedy

  • Every band I knew or played with had flyers and properly-recorded demos and contacts; I couldn't even get a gig.
    -- Beck

    #Band #Gigs #Flyers

  • As society changes, as politics change, as people change, certain songs still seem to resonate.
    -- Beck

    #Change #Song #People

  • Good Old Socialism ... Raping The Pocketbooks Of The Rich To Give To The Poor.
    -- Beck

    #Giving #Socialism #Rich

  • You can't write if you can't relate.
    -- Beck

    #Writing #Inspire #Relate

  • When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things. He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs. I thought it was just one of those great lines.
    -- Beck

    #Dog #Nephew #Hammers

  • I think everybody should just turn off their TV machines and make up their own songs about whatever comes to mind-their couch, their friends their loaves of bread. Everybody's got their own songs. There should be so many songs out there that it all turns into one big sound and we can put the whole thing into a pickup truck and let it roll off the edge of the Grand Canyon.
    -- Beck

    #Song #Work #Thinking

  • When you say 'state' you mean 'national.' National Socialism. That is what Mussolini and Hitler did. National Socialism. State Capitalism. They've changed the name.
    -- Beck

    #Mean #Names #Socialism

  • I have for four years now been ringing the bell. Economic Holocaust is coming. Economic day of reckoning is coming.
    -- Beck

    #Years #Holocaust #Bells

  • The years keep going by and you realize, Wow. Doing these records is such a process: going on tour for a year and a half, then you get home and you want to do other things.
    -- Beck

    #Home #Years #Half

  • Let the desert wind cool your aching head. Let the weight of the world - drift away instead
    -- Beck

    #Wind #Desert #World

  • I think I gave indications early on that mine wasn't just going to be a commercial, er, career. If that were the case, then the first record would have been 10 versions of 'Loser.' I always thought it would be interesting if there was no such thing as gold and platinum records, or record deals, and people were just making music. What would the music sound like?
    -- Beck

    #Thinking #Careers #People

  • I think it's interesting being American, the expectations for an American guy, and the image that has to be projected. 'Oh, I can't wear pink,' that kind of stuff. There's none of that in Europe.
    -- Beck

    #Thinking #Europe #Interesting

  • You can't please everybody, man,
    -- Beck

    #Men #Please

  • Sea Change was so specific. From the beginning it was set what it was going to be. All the other ideas that I had at the time I had to put to the side.
    -- Beck

    #Ocean #Sea #Ideas

  • There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums. There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to Sea Change that's never been released.
    -- Beck

    #Song #Sea #Done

  • Set your guitars and banjos on fire and before you write a song smoke a pack of whiskey and it'll all take care of itself.
    -- Beck

    #Song #Writing #Fire

  • Your heart is a drum keeping time with everyone.
    -- Beck

    #Heart

  • In Japan, you get on the bullet train or the airplane, and I loved the little speeches the stewardesses would do. They even do little speeches before you play gigs.
    -- Beck

    #Airplane #Japan #Play

  • Every time you go in, it's like starting over. You don't know how you did the other records. You're learning all over. It's some weird musician amnesia, or maybe the road wipes it out.
    -- Beck

    #Starting Over #Over You #Musician

  • I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
    -- Beck

    #Baby #Loser #Kill Me

  • I would love to do an electronic record. There's just so much to see and do and try. And life goes by.
    -- Beck

    #Trying #Records

  • I'm just taking one step at a time. I could zigzag one way, but it's not usually on purpose.
    -- Beck

    #Purpose #Way #Steps

  • Sometimes things in life take a few years to digest, and they find their way into the work later on. Sometimes I'm writing about things from eight years ago-they just took a long time to distill and come out in the appropriate way.
    -- Beck

    #Writing #Eight #Years

  • There's some quality you get when you're not totally comfortable. When you're not doing what you're used to, you could completely fall on your face. You could completely blow it.
    -- Beck

    #Fall #Blow #Quality

  • If someone is making a judgment when they don't have firsthand experience, it's intolerant. How can you make a judgment on something you don't know about?
    -- Beck

    #Judgment

  • I did that Grammys thing - I did a little freeform poem.
    -- Beck

    #Littles

  • I didn't want to do something typical.
    -- Beck

    #Typical #Want

  • I had long hair when I was a teenager.
    -- Beck

    #Teenager #Hair #Long

  • I love British humor. It's just so - surreal.
    -- Beck

    #British #Surreal

  • I never had any expectations of winning a Grammy. It wasn't something I was set on, that I was hoping and praying and starving for.
    -- Beck

    #Winning #Expectations #Praying

  • I think trying to be offbeat is the most boring thing possible.
    -- Beck

    #Thinking #Trying #Boring

  • I've personally reached the point where the sound of MP3s are so uncompelling, because so much is lost in translation.
    -- Beck

    #Mp3 #Sound #Lost

  • No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
    -- Beck

    #Art #Artist #Design

  • When you work with somebody for a long period of time, you develop a shorthand with everything.
    -- Beck

    #Long #Periods

  • Most of my early records were not cohesive at all, just collections of demos recorded in different years. 'Odelay' was the first time I actually got to go in the studio and record a piece of music in a continuous linear fashion, although that was written over a year.
    -- Beck

    #Fashion #Years #Different

  • Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.
    -- Beck

    #Mother #Art #Nature

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