August 31, 2004Celebrity)
"When you have a band and you have some MTV airplay and you get played on the radio, people automatically think you're loaded—which is so not true—and you're happy. The richest people in the world are probably the most screwed up in the head. Being in a successful band or having a little money doesn't bring you anything more than what it is. We have our issues like everybody else. The song says, 'Take a look inside, it's not so beautiful for everybody.'"
-Pierre Bouvier, singer for the Canadian pop-punk outfit Simple Plan, talking about the song "Welcome to my Life," the first single from their Still Not Getting Any album. Other Simple Plan CDs include No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls and Live in Japan. (Source: MTV.com, August 30, 2004)
August 25, 2004Life & Death)
"We're allowed to mourn as long as we want to. I think people get confused in thinking that they have to get over it or that somebody's holding on to something for too long. I don't agree with that. I think everybody's entitled to be sad about something or rejoice about something that they miss in somebody or -- there's so many things. I think it's really out of line for somebody to say, 'Well, you need to get over it.' Unless it's totally disrupting somebody's life, I don't see it as a problem. If you want to hold on to somebody until the day you die, hold on. That's fine."Spirituality)
"I have a hard time understanding why people get so offended by somebody singing about Jesus -- they don’t get offended by singing about Buddha or whatever moves that individual. People really get offended by that and I think that's really sad. But it's OK, I understand, there's been a lot of problems with the history of the church and people have a lot of angst towards it, I understand, totally. I can't really let it get to me because I know in my heart I have other things to sing about."Spirituality)
"I don't believe in the word religion or anything like that, but I do have faith and it has saved me. I think everybody has a faith, everybody has some kind of spirituality, whether they're Buddhist or whatever. ... I think we all come to our conclusions in life based on where life has brought us."Spirituality)
"My father's a minister and I was brought up in that mentality to hold on to it, because sometimes it's the only thing that's going to save you. That's my thought on it. I think there are times where I fall away, more so than not, I'm not very consistent, like most people, but when I have the struggle I tend to put a prayer out there like everybody else does. A lot of times my songs wind up being the vehicle to do that."Artistry)
"There are times when I write songs that are spiritual; other times I write songs that are emotionally driven. This album is as naked as you're going to get me. Sometimes you have to decide what you want people to know."
August 12, 2004Business)
"Record companies, schmecord companies. Who needs 'em?"
-Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black or Black Francis), lead singer of the recently reunited Pixies. (Source: CNN.com, August 12, 2004)
August 9, 2004Spirituality)
"It put my life in perspective. When I think I have it bad, or when I'm feeling down or complaining or trying to place blame on certain things, I think about what Christ did for me and what he endured, [and] it puts things in the right order. What have I got to complain about? What I need to do is buck up and deal with this. When I saw that sacrifice and commitment, I wondered if I could learn how to love just a tenth of what that sacrifice symbolized, it would help me grow as a person. The movie basically made me re-evaluate myself, and how I can be a better person. How can I give and show people compassion and caring and love better than I do now?"