Quotes from Compay Segundo
"As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits. You shouldn't have too much of good things, so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored."
"As long as your heart beats, one is never too old."
"Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say."
"Can you imagine that Cuba and Europe's youth, who had forgotten about traditional music, who only thought of rock music, are now looking back towards their grandparents? That is a phenomenon."
"Cubans are frantic when it comes to appreciating music."
"Every time I talk about this, I say: when the singer is singing, he must be respected, you must be able to hear what he's saying. You can't put a trombone and a drum up there, and a microphone on the drum, microphones on everybody. You can't hear what he'"
"Everyone should have a philosophy for living better."
"I am a scholar of life. Every night before I go to sleep, I analyze every detail of what I did that day. I evaluate things and people, which helps me avoid mistakes."
"I am still simple, just as if I were beginning."
"I don't sit in the corner waiting for death: death has to pursue me. I'm going strong. I hope to reach 100 and ask for an extension, just like my grandmother did."
"I play music the way it was played in yesteryear."
"I play that music because it's history."
"I tell young people that they should always remember traditional music. You can't forget about it. You can't forget your roots and that's what I do."
"I'll only stop singing when I'm in my grave."
"I'm still strong and in the best shape to continue living my life."
"I've done a lot of things away from my homeland."
"In Cuba people are very demanding when it comes to music, and when they like the music over there it's because it's good."
"In order to grow old, you have to experience everything, but in moderation."
"My secret? A desire to work, years of dedication and loving what you do; I can't live without music."
"One time in Spain I was playing and a trumpeter got up to accompany my quartet and people covered their ears. They better rectify that."
"Ry Cooder for me is a master, a great master that has a wonderful feel for Cuban music. He's also paid tribute my talent a bit, even though I don't know half of what he knows."
"The music that I play and that I like is traditional music, maybe it's because of my age."
"The roots of Cuban music are in my head."
"Towns are suffering from all these things, we should unite until we are all satisfied, man cannot be killing each other as if we were animals, as if we had no culture; that is a lack of culture."
"When it comes to musicians, I'm like the daddy of musicians here in Cuba."
"When you here a conjunto and you hear another conjunto, you think it's like a continuation of the first. It's all the same, same, same. There's no variety, just the same music."
"You know that songs have their mystery, their charm, their allure. This isn't an academic matter, but one of magic."
"Young people don't want to be second to anyone. Everyone wants to be an overnight star. Look how many years I had to wait, how many roads I had to travel, how many songs I had to sing. And now I'm just beginning, never ending."
Total Quotes: 28
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