Elvis Costello Quotes

  • Happiness isn't a fortune in a cookie. It's deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that.
  • But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of The Delivery Man could never achieve.
  • Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things.
  • There's no such thing as an original sin.
  • 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.
  • I found with this record I had to really be strong-willed, because in the past I've tended to tinker and add a thing or take a thing away, and nearly always been wrong.
  • These are the sort of things that push you on in music - the curiosity, a passion for new ideas.
  • I know that when I make a record like The Delivery Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno, this is going to reach a wider audience, because it communicates in that very direct way.
  • Women hear rhythm differently than men.
  • I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time.
  • It's a petty thing, but I wouldn't join the Scouts when I was a kid, 'cause you had to swear allegiance to the queen. I'm just not a royalist. I think it's idiotic, a hereditary principle.
  • We're all just animals. That's all we are, and everything else is just an elaborate justification of our instincts. That's where music comes from. And romantic poetry. And bad novels.
  • Songs are more powerful than books.
  • I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.
  • I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.
  • 'Content' is a word that has never sat well with me. Like 'maturity'. They are two words I've never liked. I think they imply some sort of decay. A settling.
  • Mention Hubert Sumlin, as well, because Hubert's a great man, and again, you know, I don't play the guitar very good, but when I'm playing this kind of music, I always have him in my mind. I wish I could play like Hubert.
  • There are many critics who have an idealised version of where my strengths lie.
  • And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
  • My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.
  • Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.
  • I find humming is very useful.
  • Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock'n'roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And I've done lots of different things, as you know, but every so often I get drawn back.
  • And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music.
  • And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it.
  • Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.