Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek

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Author Profession: Musician
Born: March 23, 1949
Age: 67 years old
Birth Sign: Aries

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I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness.

Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.

I've never been on a water slide in my life.

Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don't let anyone know it.

The most important thing to a lot of people, is to belong to something that's hip or whatever. To be a part of something that's not society, just a clique.

As a songwriter, oddly enough, my influences were people like Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and Buddy Holly. Some psychedelic stuff, too.

I think bands, when they're on the road, they keep their sanity by developing an internal sense of humor.

Never mind a world that can't see past brutality.

There's more to light than the opposite of dark.

I've always been a fan of poetry. I grew up with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beat poets. I really followed that stuff for a while. I just love the way people threw words around like they were painting.

I've been in a band, so I understand the politics. Sometimes the bass player doesn't like what the guitar player is doing, and you have to sort of even that out.

There are a lot of bands that have a huge appeal, but I don't understand why. Guns n' Roses. U2. But you know, that's just my thing. Music is pretty personal.

Your high points and your low points. High points don't last that long, it's a high and it happens. It's great at the moment but you really can't live on it.

I don't think I'm an entertainer. I never think, 'Wow, I can't wait to get the crowd moving.' Some of my favorite bands never moved an inch.

I often write songs, and when I do, I usually write quite a few of them. I really have to be in the mood.

Once they're on paper, they're gone. I like to do as much with the words, as far as image goes.

People are strange. We're all morticians. Hey, what's on TV?

People sometimes say that bands sound like The Cars, but when I hear it I don't know if they do or not.

The creative part for me is making songs, and that's what I really love the most, and that's what I've always done for every band I've ever had.

I could never be a country person, sitting around trees trying to write a song. I would rather be in the middle of society, whether it's growing or crumbling.

When I look around the world, I don't see too many damsels in distress. If they're a damsel in distress, they're manipulating some guy to help them. Sigourney Weaver

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. Emilio Estevez

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. Diane Lane

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