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Our last jam session was this past Christmas.
by 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

Computers have virtually replaced tape recorders.
- Tony Visconti

My father loved people, children and pets.
- 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

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My profession is called record production.
- 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

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

 

In August most of Europe goes on holiday.
- 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 grew up to the sound of live music in our Brooklyn household.
- 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

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

I am not a creature of habit.
- Tony Visconti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Most of the shadows of life are caused
by standing in our own sunshine.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The winds of grace are always blowing;
all we need to do is raise our sails.
- Anonymous

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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