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All of the sudden the audiences started getting younger and the spread of the attendance was really wide. I think it’s as a result of the records selling more that they started following our careers.

John Cale

Even if you’re improvising, the fact that beforehand you know certain things will work helps you make those improvisations successful. It really helps to have a certain amount of knowledge about musical structure.

John Cale

Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion.

John Cale

I learn from thinking about the future, what hasn’t been done yet. That’s kind of my constant obsession.

John Cale

I like what the future holds. I don’t like thinking about the past.

John Cale

I missed out on my teenage years. I led a sheltered life. I was practicing scales instead of playing football.

John Cale

I never use the word, it’s loaded. What love means to me is need.

John Cale

I want to get lean and mean, keep it minimalist.

John Cale

I’m content with making records, but I don’t want to be doing the same thing all the time.

John Cale

I’m impatient. I get twitchy. When I get that feeling I just go out and make something happen.

John Cale

I’m writing a movie about Mozart going to New York in the ’60s. I’ve been reading so many novels.

John Cale

If I’m interested in what I’m doing, other people will be interested in it.

John Cale

If you’re all loaded up on love, you haven’t got anywhere else to go.

John Cale

In cities like New York and Austin, there’s much more of a social context for music than in other places.

John Cale

People sort of know me for that solo piano music I did.

John Cale

That’s what my life is, writing songs.

John Cale

The avant-garde makes more sense to me.

John Cale

The only reason we wore sunglasses onstage was because we couldn’t stand the sight of the audience.

John Cale

The value of having a computer, to me, is that it’ll remember everything you do. It’s a databank.

John Cale

Time plays a role in almost every decision. And some decisions define your attitude about time.

John Cale

We gave up on the idea of trying to make the record a good representation of the live performance.

John Cale

We’d hold a chord for three hours if we could.

John Cale

What I enjoy most about being on stage is that the natural instruments give you a greater freedom with texture. When you use natural instruments they have their own resonance.

John Cale

When somebody grabs a movement, you’re kind of locked into it. It’s all par for the course.

John Cale

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