The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues.
What brought me to the table was Raymond Chandler and, to a lesser degree, Ross Macdonald and Dashiell Hammett. I was basically inspired to want to write like the classic private-eye writers.
You know, Rolling Stones songs all sound kind of the same.
I tend to be a jam-band fan, and I love the Rolling Stones.
There are some Rolling Stones songs that are just stunners.
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My grandfather is a blues musician.
One thing the blues ain't, is funny.
But my big thing was always the blues.
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The Beatles will go on and on.
There's no outdoing The Beatles.
I grew up a massive Beatles fan.
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The best way to express rhythm is music.
A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm.
Rhythm and sounds are born with syllables.
Jean Philippe Rameau
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I'm an African American.
I admire American ideas.
Solitude is un-American.
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