Words of Wisdom

“If you want to be miserable, think about yourself.
If you want to be happy, think of others.”

– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality. It doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”

– Conan O’Brien


“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

– Winston Churchill



“No one can hurt you without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“I believe in the soul and I believe in the song & I am doing it for all the musicians who work day in and day out.”

– Taylor Hicks during Hollywood Week- AI season 5


I’m worried about my fans and the people who like me as opposed to what’s mainstream. I’m going to be a musician and a soul singer for the rest of my life. In this business, I’ve been denied many times. Mainstream music is a very interesting beast, and if I play a part in that in the next year or so, then fine. But if I don’t, somebody will be seeing me being funky somewhere.

– Taylor Hicks


It’s music man. If music’s in your heart, you feel it, you play it, you sing it, you perform it, you…you bust your buns doin it! And that’s what it’s all about! Whoo!

– Taylor Hicks


Two former winners, Ruben and The Boogie, have been dropped. The Boogie doesn’t seem to care. And Ruben’s family is keeping the news from him. Meanwhile, McPhee was not a winner, she was the runner-up. But yeah, she just got canned too.

Dave White (in response to his Sig O’s query: “Didn’t three former winners just get dropped from their record labels?”)


BH – I know you’re out there in support of your new CD. Did you ever think you’d be criticized for not selling a million records fast enough?

TH – “Yeah that’s pretty funny. You know selling ten thousand CD’s in this business nowadays is a pretty tough thing to do in my opinion. And I don’t get wrapped up in all that. The most important thing is the people who come hear this music. The people that work nine to five every day and spend their money to come see me play, and spend their money on the albums, that’s what I believe in wholeheartedly and that’s what I’m here for. It’s those people who put their time in, to buy my music and put their money in coming to see it. That’s the old musician in me. The frontlines are that I’m ecstatic and I can’t believe that I’m playing sold out venues all across the country. For me that’s the important part. The important part is the people, not the numbers. It’s the people that come and see me play and buy my albums.”

– Bill Harriman interview here.


“Mr. (Topper) Price wasn’t a music teacher, but he did have an influence on other musicians, including soul singer, harmonica player and “American Idol” finalist Taylor Hicks, according to the News.

Hicks said he would sneak into nightclubs as a teenager to hear Mr. Price perform, and was influenced by his showmanship. Mr. Price would drop to his knees during solos and moved on stage with flamboyant passion.”

“He was not only a harmonica player, he was an entertainer,” Hicks said. “He taught me the difference. I remember when he was playing at The Mill; there was a banister on stage and he used to wrap his leg around it. That really struck me. He was one of the finest harmonica players that I’ve heard. He had a great voice. He was the real deal – a bluesman!”

– Taylor Hicks


If you try to build something to try to please a specific group of people, you’re going to fail. That’s why you have to build it for yourself.

– Mario Batali


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