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My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen - I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Love, Music, Favorite, Jazz, Listening, Queen, Singing)

I love listening to Radio Head's 'Everything in its Right Place' because it's all major chords, it makes you feel really good. It's soothing, it's got a beautiful voice, crazy textures. When I'm down I listen to that song and it really makes me feel good.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Love, Listening, Right, Song, Voice)

My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don't put me in danger.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Mom, Being, Choices, Conversation, Danger, Listening, Open)

The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.
- Damon Albarn
(Keywords: Being, Enjoyment, Listening, Man, Wrong)

That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another - by collaborating with one another and creating your own network - you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Music, Books, Listening, Network, Reading)

I get even more nervous singing when everyone's fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there's people there listening to that, and if they're moved by it, then I'm moved as well.
- Namie Amuro
(Keywords: People, Listening, Meaning, Singing)

I had to be at least 8 or 9; I was listening to everything on the radio. You name it, I heard every song.
- Tom Araya
(Keywords: Listening, Name, Song)

I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.
- John James Audubon
(Keywords: Birds, Day, Habits, Listening, Songs)

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Keywords: Gain, Listening, Observation, Occupation, Talk, Will)

I grew up listening to old soul.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Soul, Listening, Old)

In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Choice, Drama, Freedom, Listening, Results, Treatment)

Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Financial, Performance, Innovation, Listening, Results, Years)

It's only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.
- Drew Barrymore
(Keywords: Learning, Listening, Want)

Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: People, Successful, Listening, Talking)

I have to concentrate more intently when people speak. I always have to position myself on their right side so that I can hear out of my left ear. I sometimes get a crick in my neck from listening. But I don't there's too much else.
- Stephanie Beacham
(Keywords: People, Listening, Right)

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Dreams, American, Americans, Listening, Talking)

Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming... So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it.
- William Bell
(Keywords: Music, First, Growing up, Listening, Song)

I think one of the things that we are facing right now is that we've stopped listening to each other in our politics.
- Michael Bennett
(Keywords: Politics, Listening, Now, Right)

Well, I didn't really grow up playing or listening to metal, like many of the kids I went to school with. I only got into it in my late teens, so when Marilyn Manson formed, it was at a time when I was still excited about approaching music from that angle.
- Daisy Berkowitz
(Keywords: Music, Time, Kids, Listening, School)

Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Business, Faith, People, American, Congress, Ending, Listening, Symbol, Washington)

I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing. I'm listening to Pavarotti and thinking, What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?
- Michael Bolton
(Keywords: Control, Hearing, Hell, Listening, Thinking, Voice, Years)

I'll make music, whether or not anyone is listening, for the rest of my life. It's a natural form of expression for me, the same way I draw and write and sing.
- Brandon Boyd
(Keywords: Life, Music, Expression, Listening, Rest)

I've had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return.
- Billy Bragg
(Keywords: War, First, Letters, Listening, Saying, Soldiers, Songs)

An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening.
- Marlon Brando
(Keywords: Actor, Listening, Talking)

For me the march was a labor - a labor of love - but I was busy handing out flyers for the National Association of Black Social Workers, so I really wasn't standing in the crowd listening and observing. I was busy.
- Andre Braugher
(Keywords: Love, Labor, Listening, March, Workers)

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
- Joyce Brothers
(Keywords: Flattery, Imitation, Listening, May)

When you talk to yourself, at least you know that someone is listening.
- Craig Bruce
(Keywords: Listening, Talk)

All of my style came from listening to records.
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Keywords: Listening, Style)

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
- Buddha
(Keywords: Feelings, Fear, Evil, Listening, Pleasure)

I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
- Carter Burwell
(Keywords: Music, Film, Listening, Wrong)

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia
(Keywords: Life, Power, Act, Caring, Compliment, Listening, Potential, Smile, Word)

I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
- Gary Cherone
(Keywords: Growing up, Listening, Mercury, Queen, Songs)

People hear the soul, black influence in my voice. I grew up listening to CKLW and all the black stations like WLBS.
- Madonna Ciccone
(Keywords: Soul, People, Influence, Listening, Voice)

A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens.
- John Coleman
(Keywords: American, Listening, Majority, Now)

I usually hang around the room listening to a bit of last night's show. If there's one available, I go to the steam room every day for my voice. I spend half an hour there and then I eat, because I can't eat later than four o'clock. Then I go for a soundcheck. That's my day.
- Phil Collins
(Keywords: Day, Listening, Night, Voice)

Universal was absolutely marvelous about sitting down with me and listening to my input. It wasn't something where they chose a bunch of songs that were best sellers. They did a marvelous job on the packaging. It's a beautiful tribute.
- Rita Coolidge
(Keywords: Job, Listening, Songs, Tribute)

If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are.
- Alice Cooper
(Keywords: Information, Listening, Order, Vote)

Fancy your having no sunshine in London yesterday! Here it was glorious, like full summer, and I sat up with the window wide open, listening to the discourse of two amorous thrushes.
- Marie Corelli
(Keywords: Fancy, Listening, London, Open, Summer, Thrushes)

Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music.
- Elvis Costello
(Keywords: Music, People, Choices, Listening, Past)

On TV people look at your hair and then they look at your skin, and then they look at your clothes, and by the time they're listening to what you're saying, you're off the screen.
- Doug Coupland
(Keywords: Time, People, Clothes, Hair, Listening, Saying, Skin)

Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox
(Keywords: Garden, Listening, Nothing, Thinking, Weather)

I'm still trying to discover my position on my own artwork and hopefully at this exhibition someone will come and tell me. I'm open to listening to criticism.
- Graham Coxon
(Keywords: Criticism, Listening, Open, Trying, Will)

At least the rap metal stuff is good, but it's not really my bag. I've been listening to the radio since we've been touring the past month, because we don't get it most of the time.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Time, Listening, Past, Rap)

You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism.
- Stanley Crouch
(Keywords: Father, People, Listening, Racism)

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.
- Joan Didion
(Keywords: Dream, Listening, Writer)

Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too.
- Alfred Doblin
(Keywords: Habit, Listening, Unhappiness, Walking)

When I'm 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I'm going to feel old or forget my younger days.
- Patty Duke
(Keywords: Forget, Listening, Old)

It wasn't until after private lessons and learning bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I was listening to at that age. My ears were blown wide open.
- Trevor Dunn
(Keywords: Music, Age, Learning, Listening, Open)

There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart - never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.
- Henry Van Dyke
(Keywords: God, Heart, Listening, Rules)

But a lot of the old fans are listening to a lot of the younger music. So I gotta keep moving forward, and they'll move forward too.
- Kenneth Edmonds
(Keywords: Music, Fans, Listening, Old)



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