Chris Thile Quotes

Christopher Scott "Chris" Thile (/??i?li?/ THEE-lee; born February 20, 1981) is an American virtuoso mandolinist, singer, songwriter, and radio personality, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. On October 15, 2016, he became the host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.

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Kill your television. Throw it out the darn window. Watch PBS in a bar.

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I was trained completely by ear. And it was actually diving into the Bach that led me to get - there was like a Mel Bay "Teach Yourself How To Sight Read..."

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My thesis statement would beâ??Bach didn't write Baroque music. He wrote great music.

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I celebrate three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Telluride.

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It was kind of sort of the heavens opened up and I realized that Bach, at least, you know - out of all the classical music - needs to be a big part of my life.

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I really love how the andante from the "A minor Sonata" sounds on the mandolin.

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I say if you're not obsessing about something, you might not be into it quite enough.

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“When you're performing as a group in a band, there is just so much more pressure to perform well. If you fail then everybody else fails too. As opposed to being a solo act, if you mess up then it's only you that sucked.”

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“Who here has been to Hawaii? It's so boring. What's an overactive mandolin player supposed to do in Hawaii? The only thing people want to do is lay in the sun and read. I like the reading part, but man, the sun freaks me out. I love the beach, except for the sun, sand, and water.”

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The purists are small in number but, you know hardy of voice.

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If you want to be happy, you listen to the music; if you want to be sad, you listen to the words.

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I think people are largely proud of being musically on the risk. Any time you talk to someone about music, I feel like everyone is kind of always underlining just, you know, how voracious their appetites for various things are.

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The real question is, do you root for the fox in that song? Or are you horrified that the goose and the duck are being dragged off to their death, which is described in detail?

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The minute you make a record because you think somebody's going to play it on the radio is the minute you ought to quit.

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I'll never feel as comfortable singing as I do playing. The mandolin is my real voice. My actual voice is sort of my secondary voice, but I love to do it and I love giving people relief from playing with a little bit of singing.

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