Jason Becker Quotes
I usually stay out of politics, but people have asked me whether the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), if passed by the Senate, will affect me personally. I'm about music, not politics, but the fact is this one has me freaked out for poor and disabled people.
When President Trump promised we would get better, cheaper health care that would fix the problems of the Affordable Care Act, I hoped it was true. Unfortunately, the American Healthcare Act promises giant cuts to the programs that I and every other poor, sick and disabled person have relied on for our lives.
Many times in music, if you are given limitations, it expands the creativity.
I spend time editing and massaging each note. Then I start layering with different instruments, adding harmonies, counterpoint, and whatever the song calls for. Then I arrange it into a whole piece, and decide where I need to add live musicians. It takes a lot of time, but it is very satisfying once it is complete.
I had been exposed to classical music my whole life; even before I was born.
I still have downs and get depressed, but I try not to dwell too much on being negative because it always passes and there is still so much to do.
I guess I would say true happiness is to love and be loved. Of course, having enough money for food, shelter, health care and things like that all help, but that is more about security.
Guitar Player' was always the serious musician's magazine. They rarely catered to what was popular. They focused on innovative players.
I am such a sucker for love; to me, it feels like the reason we are here - to love and be happy.
Not being able to play makes one be able to listen and receive better. The constant noodling on guitar can be great, but also distracting to the universal music inside you.
I love soundtracks to movies and am always touched by the music if it's good. The music in some old Disney movies, like 'Pinocchio,' 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan' really gets to me.
Some people feel sorry for me, and I understand that. I really feel lucky though.
It is just satisfying to think that, somehow, my music and my story could touch someone and make them want to make their own life better.
I remember when I was first losing my ability to play my fast licks and my hands were shaking and falling off the guitar. It forced me to sort of create a new slow style.
I love Richmond. I think growing up here had a profound influence on my music.
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