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My dad's sense of humor was direct and sometimes surreal -
by Tony Visconti

My dad's sense of humor was direct and sometimes surreal -
his quick wit is well known amongst our family and friends.
He raised me on Spike Jones records and W.C.
Fields movies, and his sense of humor fell somewhere in between.
- Tony Visconti

My father loved people, children and pets.
- Tony Visconti

Computers have virtually replaced tape recorders.
- Tony Visconti

I am flying back to New York as I write this.
I will never forget these wonderful 35 days and I would
go back to Copenhagen in a heartbeat to work there again.
- Tony Visconti

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I make records with an open mind, I always have.
- Tony Visconti

I am not a creature of habit.
- Tony Visconti

Today's recording techniques would have been regarded
as science fiction forty years ago.
- Tony Visconti

 

In August most of Europe goes on holiday.
- Tony Visconti

I grew up to the sound of live music in our Brooklyn household.
- Tony Visconti

Marc Bolan had inspired so many people to pick up a guitar and join a band.
- Tony Visconti

Fortunately I own a vintage brain, and I am alive and
well in the 21st century,
still making records, still working at an intense pace and most of all,
still having fun doing it.
- Tony Visconti

Today a record producer is even more involved and is
often the production's sole musician,
one person playing all the instruments one-by-one.
- Tony Visconti

I could never have a better teacher in those days than my father.
- Tony Visconti

It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.
- Tony Visconti

My profession is called record production.
- Tony Visconti

Oh, it was so hard to leave Paris, just about my favorite city in the world.
- Tony Visconti

We always started these albums as making demos,
that went right on until Scary Monsters.
- Tony Visconti

I keep reviewing my feelings about the supernatural.
- Tony Visconti

Despite a few really bad days we had quite a lot of fun making Low,
especially when all the radical ideas were making sense
and things were starting to click.
- Tony Visconti

Now I know what it's like to be a rock star.
No, I didn't sleep with 5 groupies at once.
But I was interviewed about 45 times in 5 days in 3 cities.
- Tony Visconti

My father had a brilliant scholastic record in high
school and was awarded a college scholarship.
Unfortunately he had to turn it down so that he could
continue to support his family.
- Tony Visconti

Since my teen years I was interested in martial arts.
- Tony Visconti

No one else in our family was a professional musician
so this took an enormous leap of faith on their part.
- Tony Visconti

I love Logic Audio and have been using it for years.
All my track outputs used to come up on my old board
in the same order as in the old Mac G4 -
1 through 32,
came up as 1 through 32, for instance.
- Tony Visconti

The ukulele was the first of many instruments they had bought for me.
They got me a guitar when I was eleven,
which my son Morgan uses until this day.
They paid for 3 years of guitar lessons;
they bought me a bass fiddle,
which I still play.
- Tony Visconti

Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch
of professionals to participate in a recording session,
the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge.
That directly related to a film producer's job.
- Tony Visconti

I also mixed David Bowie's Young Americans album in
5.1 earlier this year and it will be available very soon.
Even the original stereo mixes have been re-mastered
and sound amazingly good,
better than ever, in fact!
- Tony Visconti

In the last 17 years of his working life,
my father was finally rewarded with having landed a great job as first,
a maintenance engineer, and then a senior locksmith
with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- Tony Visconti

When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas.
I quickly learned how to play it with my father's guidance.
Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs.
- Tony Visconti

Our last jam session was this past Christmas.
Dad played his harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian,
and I played guitar.
I'm so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last time.
- Tony Visconti

Finally, I would like to remind record companies that
they have a cultural responsibility to give the buying public great music.
Milking a trend to death is not contributing to culture
and is ultimately not profitable.
- Tony Visconti

But some great records are are being made with today's
technology and there are still great artists among us.
Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology,
they wouldn't have emerged when recording was more organic.
- Tony Visconti

Rock and Roll has certainly tried to take its toll on me.
I'd rather not talk about my past excesses here,
although some hardcore rockers might argue that those
excesses were responsible for some great records,
but I know which side I came out on.
- Tony Visconti

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

Dad was the only adult male I ever trusted.
- Michael Reagan

Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.
- Conrad Hall

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

My dad taught me true words you have to use in every relationship.
Yes, baby.
- Star Jones

A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
- Lenny Kravitz

I love my dad, although I'm definitely critical of him sometimes,
like when his pants are too tight.
But I love him so much and I try to be really supportive of him.
- Liv Tyler

My dad always said, 'Don't worry what people think,
because you can't change it.'
- Daisy Donovan

My father was my teacher.
But most importantly he was a great dad.
- Beau Bridges

My father was something of a rainbow-chaser.
- Marc Davis

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

My father was an Episcopalian minister,
and I've always been comforted by the power of prayer.
- Anna Lee

Being a father, being a friend, those are the things
that make me feel successful.
- William Hurt

When a father, absent during the day,
returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament,
not his teaching.
- Robert Bly

My father was never anti-anything in our house.
- Errol Flynn

I was punished for blowing the whistle on my father's lifestyle.
- Tatum O'Neal

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
- Jean de La Fontaine

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

My father was grounded, a very meat-and-potatoes man.
He was a baker.
- Anthony Hopkins

One of my earliest memories is of my father carrying
me in one arm with a picket sign in the other.
- Camryn Manheim

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
- E. B. White

My father was always telling himself no one was perfect,
not even my mother.
- Broderick Crawford

The child is father of the man.
- William Wordsworth

That is the thankless position of the father in the family -
the provider for all,
and the enemy of all.
- August Strindberg

My father taught me how to substitute realities.
- Mira Sorvino

I just wish I could understand my father.
- Michael Jackson

Feels good to try, but playing a father,
I'm getting a little older.
I see now that I'm taking it more serious and I do want that lifestyle.
- Adam Sandler

But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle
me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father.
- Herbie Hancock

Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
- Horace

The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush.
Now I want to share it with the world.
- Christopher Meloni

I made a decision when my father passed away that I
was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.
- Joel Osteen

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

If my father had hugged me even once,
I'd be an accountant right now.
- Ray Romano

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler

I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son,
father and friend.
- Dante Hall


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