"[Being a father] makes a song less precious … [like] it doesn’t matter because I have this beautiful baby. Yeah, I want to write good songs, but I have something a lot bigger and better to worry about. It’s kind of freeing."
Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey) on how fatherhood has changed his artistic output. (via rockandrolldads)
"Whenever they used to have those little jukeboxes at the tables in some diners. Each table had its own little one and my grandmother would always put that on for me. I thought it was a great one. I loved the spooky stuff when I was a little kid; Frankenstein, that kind of stuff. I thought “Ghost Riders” was a spooky song."
"The truth is, I’ll hang out some, play the show, have a drink every once in a while, go back, put on my cozy shorts and a clean shirt and watch Law and Order on the bus."
Lucero’s Brian Venable says of his band, “We’re also all old, fat, tattooed and bearded for the most part, in some variation or form.” (via rockandrolldads)
I can’t, guys. I can’t.
"I’ve met people who think that I’m in all that world. They’re like, ‘Hey, do you want to go smoke crack after the show?’ And it’s like, ‘NO, I definitely don’t. I always think of [The Hold Steady] as kind of the world’s most complex straight-edge band. It’s not, ‘Drugs are bad,’ it’s ‘Drugs are bad and I’ll explain in detail and very complexly why.’"
Okay, y’all — I’ve taken my rock and roll dad quotes to a whole brand spankin’ new Tumblr. Follow my dad-ventures at the link, because there are two things I love in this life: dads and rock and roll.
Interviewing Ásgeir on Thursday
got questions from this Icelandic dream babe? leave ‘em below (or message them to me) and i’ll ask! the piece will print before his Indy show in October.
The Ten Most Dad Things Classic Rock Dads Have Told Me Lately
1. ”If it wasn’t for the Lady Gagas and Katy Perrys and Rihannas and Beyoncés, there’d be no attempt from the guys.”
- Adam Ant, on his love of costumes
2. “I enjoy people and I enjoy playing with different styles of music but also different styles of people who play different styles of music.”
- YES drummer Alan White on his love of people, places, things
3. “I'll put on a musicologist hat.”
- STYX singer Lawrence Gowan on classic rock transcendence
4. “Two months ago today, I had back surgery. I’ve got to do stretching exercises and get on a treadmill and do that. Then, about 30 minutes prior to rehearsal, I get on a treadmill. And that’s stretching.”
- Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on recovering from surgery to play drums again
5. “If you’re having a good time and you can jump in the ocean together and have dinner and have a laugh, you can definitely get on stage.”
- Jane’s Addiction Stephen Perkins on his band’s tumultuous relationship (but love of jumping in the ocean)
6. “Goddammit. Where am I? I’m lost.”
- Kenny Loggins, who was lost for our entire conversation
7. “I’m drawn to that boy from Owl City, lots of different things. Bruno Mars is a great, great artist and writer; those kind of people, that make real hits.”
- Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues on what kind of music he’s listening to now
8. “But I still took my drum and bells to school every Wednesday, because if I had told my parents I had quit after they bought those things for me, they would have killed me.”
- Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman on quitting his fourth grade band
9. “Why did you quit playing the piano, Katherine?”
- Johnny Marr asking why I quit piano lessons, quite concerned
10. “I like that Ed Sheeran boy.”
- REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, who listens to his daughter’s iPod on the way to school
Amended to add more dads:
11. “I took my baby into the bar for the first time the day before yesterday.”
-Spoon bassist Rob Pope opened a bar and had a baby this year, so the baby’s gotta visit some time.
12. “One [piece of advice I give] is lifting weights, which keeps your hormone levels up. And when your hormone levels are up and you’re strong like that, you can fight off the big three: cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Cardio also helps in that area. Keeping you fit, keeping all your organs working properly, keeping your basic machine, keeping your body healthy and operating properly, without getting into details. Keeping you strong and fit. Some form of stretching; yoga keeps the body limber. … You need to have flexibility. Diet. Without getting too much into detail about that, [that’s] staying off all processed foods, eating lots and lots of vegetables. Nobody dies from eating too many vegetables.”
-This entire interview with Kenny Aronoff.
13. “When you hit buttons [on the remote] accidentally and shit goes on, you’re like, ‘Oh my god!’ “
-KISS drummer Eric Singer on accidentally pressing buttons on remotes that you didn’t mean to press.
14. “I guess I’ve got two great jobs. I get to play in a great band and I get to drive a big ol’ truck around.”
-Guided by Voices’ Mitch Mitchell, on jobs.
15. “Don’t be silly. Come down to Earth. It’s gonna be all right.”
-The Clean’s David Kilgour, when I told him I was nervous to interview him.
16. “How are you doing up there? Are ya cold?”
-The Chieftains Paddy Moloney (calling from Florida) was worried about Indy’s frigid temps.
17. “We got married nine months after we met, and have been married ever since. The first marriage for either one of us, and I hope it’s our last. It doesn’t happen, especially in rock and roll, or any profession, really. No one has any interest in commitment. You tell me why; I can’t figure it out.”
-Melvin’s Buzz Osborne doesn’t get why the kids can’t stay together these days.
just laughin’ all day long