August 31, 2003Culture)
"My church preached against contemporary Christian music so much that most people just listened to mainstream."Activism)
"I've gotten to do so many great things most people will never get to do in a lifetime that I don't think it's worth whining over things I don't get to do."Artistry)
"I've tried to avoid stuff that would make me into, you know, the cutesy-poo of the moment."Artistry)
"I obviously don't want to offend people, but I can't let it totally tear me apart inside and change the way I do things just because there are certain people who don't like the decisions I've made."Culture)
"There are going to be people that say it just because it's so cliché in rock 'n' roll to be anti-god. So that when God starts taking things back over, yeah, it's going to piss some people off, and they're going to be, 'Oh! A Christian band -- this is stupid, this sucks,' or whatever. There are going to be those people there, but you just have to take it with a grain of salt. That's life. What are you going to do?"
August 30, 2003Appearance)
"It hurts my feelings. Being picked on for being too skinny is as detrimental to self esteem as being picked on for being overweight. I think the most important thing is, whatever you've got, be proud of it. As long as you're healthy, no matter what size you are, there's a way to be happy with who you are."Spirituality)
"My faith hasn't just gotten me to where I'm at -- because a lot of people are where I'm at. It's made me happy with where I'm at."
August 29, 2003Artistry)
"You gotta have vision! You gotta be unafraid. You can't lock people into boxes that the public does."
-Pharrell Williams, music producer and half of the hip-hop duo The Neptunes, in response to the suggestion that it was a risk to work with teen-y boppers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. (Source: Q magazine, September 2003)Adolescence)
"I'm only 15. I'm not finished and healed and all better. You don't really land at a certain spot and say, 'Okay, I'm fine now!' I'm just trying to accept myself."Inspiration)
"This is a travesty! I demand a recount. My grandfather raised me on Johnny Cash, and I think he deserves this more than any of us in here tonight."
-Justin Timberlake at the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards, accepting an award for a video from his Justified album while giving tribute to Johnny Cash, who was nominated for six awards and claimed only one (Cash was hospitalized and couldn't attend). (Source: CNN, August 29, 2003)
August 28, 2003Spirituality)
"I pray about everything. Anything that I'm about to do with my career, I always pray about it first. Afterward, I don't worry about it anymore. I just know it's gonna be okay."Celebrity)
"It depends on what mode I'm in. I'm an artist that everyone knows loves to change characters a lot. I don't like to play it safe. So this time around I might go for something people might not expect. I could come in a nun's outfit ... and that'll be great!"Appearance)
"Every photographer wants to be the first one who talks Beyonce out of her clothes. It's prestigious for him if I expose a nipple. ... When they make those kinds of demands, I leave. Goodbye. I want to be respected and remembered for my talent in the first place, not for my booty. ... Some women show some nudity in all their pics. But I am known for being prudish. I don't have a problem with sexy clothes. Any really hot fashion thing I'll wear. And I'll put on a bikini if the scene is on the beach. But vulgar for no reason? Never."
-Beyonce Knowles, recent solo artist and member of Destiny's Child. She was also asked if one of her songs had ever come on the radio while she was making love. Her response? "Oh, I hate that. It messes up the vibe." (Source: Sky News, August 28, 2003)
August 27, 2003Spirituality)
"Evangelicalism has never chased relevance more determinedly than it does now. And yet, we've never been more irrelevant."Materialism)
"It's all fleeting. As fame is fleeing, so are all the trappings of fame fleeting. The money, the clothes, the furniture."
August 26, 2003Spirituality)
"If I were God for a day, I would have no more illness. No one would be sick. No one would be hungry. Everybody would have lots of money, everybody would be in love and all the girls could weigh exactly how much they wanted to weigh. And girls wouldn't have our periods. "
August 24, 2003Politics)
"The public doesn't care about figures."
-Arnold Schwarzenegger, gubernatorial candidate in California's recall election. (Source: Star Tribune, August 21, 2003)
August 22, 2003Celebrity)
"I'm a flash in the pan ... I'm already signed up to play some state fairs down the line."
-Dashboard Confessional lead-singer Chris Carrabba on the fad-like status of his band and their new album, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. Other Dashboard Confessional albums include The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, Swiss Army Romance and MTV Unplugged. (Source: Newsweek, August 25, 2003)Substance Abuse)
"I think it's probably the best anti-drug song I ever heard."
August 20, 2003Celebrity)
"If some kid comes up and makes a stupid Chris Carrabba comment, I don't even care. I'll probably punch him in the face."Spirituality)
"I'm a weird Christian. I hate church; I think it's really weird and corrupt and bizarre. I'm strictly a Bible guy. Me and God is cool, and church is really, really weird."
Other Jason Gleason Quotables:
Jason Gleason on Chris Carrabba
"[Bare midriffs are] out for us. But I just don't like showing my body like that. It's just not me. Honestly, what you see is what you get with us. It's not like, 'Oh, I wish I was wearing a miniskirt to this premiere, but I can't.' I would kill myself if I was in a miniskirt."Spirituality)
"I grew up in the Pentecostal church -- you know, the kind where everybody's running around, jumping and hollering. I really didn't get anything much out of the church; I just loved singing in front of a bunch of people."Artistry)
"The vision was to do more of a Britney Spears pop thing, which was really a void in Christian music. Now that the musical climate is changing and we're hearing from our audience, we're learning what issues they are going through and how their tastes are changing as they get older. That's given us more room to grow. Plus, we've established ourselves a little bit more since we first came out, so I feel like we have more liberty to put more of who we are individually into the music."Politics)
"Someone has given us money to stick the phrase hail to the thief on walls all around the world. That made me chuckle for ages."
August 19, 2003Spirituality)
"God tends to give me lessons very quickly, one on top of the other -- boom, boom, boom, boom, boom."Spirituality)
"I hope God's got a sense of humor. If not, I'm really, really screwed."
-Kevin Smith, in the booklet accompanying the special edition DVD of Dogma.
August 14, 2003Off-beat)
"People have this image of me as wholesome, and that's very much who I am. But for some reason, I love to cuss. I don't do it in front of my parents, because they don't like it at all -- my dad says it's not proper for a young lady. But I just love the F word. Isn't that terrible? Every now and then, there's "s@#$," but the F word is the best word ever. That said, I've never cussed anyone out."Appearance)
"You don't have to be half-naked to be successful. Just be talented."
August 13, 2003Appearance)
"Some days I would look at my reflection and see garbage, and I guess I was worried about the size of my breasts for a long time. But now I think I have finally reached an age where I have accepted myself for who I am."Substance Abuse)
"I'm 55 years old, and I didn't get off scot-free. I have to take medication for the rest of my life because I've done so much neurological damage to my body."