It was only through the years that I realized what an absolutely extraordinarily thoughtful person Dr. King was.
Song, songs kept them going and going; They didn't realize the millions of seeds they were sowing. They were singing in marches, even singing in jail. Songs gave them the courage to believe they would not fail.
Historically, I believe I was correct in refusing to answer their questions.
I believe that my choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them, or to those who may come after me.
It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
Some folklorists just collected dead bones from one graveyard, only to bury them in another, their library.
This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.
My job, is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches, and I do this voluntarily.
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same.
When you play the 12-string guitar, you spend half your life tuning the instrument and the other half playing it out of tune.
I feel that my whole life is a contribution.
The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible.
The good and bad are all tangled up together. American popular music is loved around the world because of its African rhythm. But that wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for slavery.
My mother playing the violin and my father and grandfather playing the piano, classical stuff.
Every time I'm in the woods, i feel like I'm in church.
I try to sing many different kinds of songs. If I sing a batch of humorous songs, I'll throw in a deadly serious song. Or if I'm singing too many serious songs, I'll throw in a ridiculous song, to mix it up.
I fought for peace in the fifties.
I was working for Alan Lomax in the Library of Congress folk song archive, and starting to realize what a wealth of different kinds of music there was in this country that you never heard on the radio.
A song is like a picture of a bird in flight; the bird was moving before the picture was taken, and no doubt continued after.
My mother gave me a ukulele at age eight, and I sang the popular tunes of the day.
Songs are sneaky things; they can slip across borders.
I think folk music helps reinforce your sense of history. An old song makes you think of times gone by.
If I've got a talent, it's for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always seem to get people to sing with me.
But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them.
The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.
It's been my belief that learning how to do something in your hometown is the most important thing.
Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.
I've found that festivals are a relatively painless way to meet people and make a few points that need making, without having to hit them over the head with too many speeches.
We all go to different churches or no churches, we have different favorite foods, different ways of making love, different ways of doing all sorts of things, but there we're all singing together. Gives you hope.
I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.
I still prefer to hear Bob Dylan acoustic, some of his electric songs are absolutely great. Electric music is the vernacular of the second half of the twentieth century, to use my father's old term.
My mother was a very good violinist; my father was a musicologist and spent most of his life in academia.
According to my definition of God, I'm not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I'm looking at God. Whenever I'm listening to something, I'm listening to God.
I was never enthusiastic about being somebody who was supposed to be silent about being a member of something.
This world is so full of hypocrisy, the only way you can be honest is to be a hermit.
If there's something wrong, speak up!
I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.
The truth is a rabbit in a bramble patch. All you can do is circle around and say it's somewhere in there.
One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.
A productive mistake is: (1) made in the service of mission and vision; (2) acknowledged as a mistake; (3) learned from; (4) considered valuable; (5) shared for the benefit of all.
In a world of private property, if something isn't owned by somebody, it's going to be misused by somebody else.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved.
I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think.
Work in nightclubs was interesting. There were interesting people and places, but by and large, the commercial music experience.
Looking back, I think I tried to be too eclectic. Sometimes I'd sing thirty songs, and fifteen of them were not in English.
Plagiarism is basic to all culture.
Singing with children in the schools has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
In the sixties, during the Vietnam war, when anarchists and pacifists and socialists, Democrats and Republicans, decent-hearted Americans, all recoiled with horror at the bloodbath, we came together.
Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.
Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Food is one of the great organizing tools.
My dad, the old professor, used to say, 'Never get into an argument about what's folk music and what isn't.'
Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
Songwriters can't explain. You get an idea and you don't know where it's come from. And if you're lucky, you have a pencil or pen and can write it down.
If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.