Quotation Explorer - 'Oliver'

When I write I like to give equal justice to lyrics, too. I want the song to have meaning for me so I can make it have meaning for the audience. - Oliver
I try to make the music give people a chance to become engrossed with what they hear enough to possibly experience things they've probably experienced on their own but don't normally let themselves go so as to feel them fully. - Oliver
A song should stand on its own and on what a singer does with it. It shouldn't need a lot of extra help to be good. - Oliver
I gladly sacrifice pear-shaped tones in favor of down-to-earth emotion. - Oliver
I like working alone. I feel freer, less constrained. I know what I have to do and I try to do it. There are no superficial hangups. - Oliver
I like performing because it's direct contact with live people. I write a good deal of the time but that's introspective creation rather than interaction. - Oliver
I think of myself first as a singer, meaning an interpreter. Then I think of myself as a writer. It is an outlet I have to have. I get very hard to live with without something happening to write about. - Oliver
I wouldn't say I'm happy, but I look at things in a soft way. I try to convey more personal interaction, rather than huge injustices. - Oliver
My job is to entertain people by playing my music well. You shouldn't really be upset because people like you, should you? - Oliver
To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their joys and fears, was a chance to exchange the Southern bitter wormwood for a cup of mead with Beowulf or a hot cup of tea and milk with Oliver Twist. - Maya Angelou
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