Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin

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Author Profession: South African Musician
Born: January 13, 1955
Age: 61 years old
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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You can't judge an album by a single song; it's like judging a book by only reading a single chapter.

When you do a record like 'Talk,' and you're happy with it, and it reaches your ambitions and then doesn't sell as well as you wanted, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails a little.

When you listen to a Yes album, you should listen to the whole thing through headphones with the lights off.

I don't mind snakes. Growing up in South Africa there were a couple a snakes around... and I'm not talking just about the government!

I really love writing themes and melody.

I'll always do the guitar parts since it's my main instrument.

I belong in America more than South Africa. I can't remember the feeling of living there anymore. It's like it was in another life. That's sad in a way. It is my country. It's where I grew up. You don't know what it's like to have these negative feelings about your homeland. There are roots you can't escape.

I grew up in such a musical family, and my dad was the first chair in the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, and my mom was a piano teacher and a painter, so it was kind of a creative environment, and it was kind of in my DNA.

I've done that quite often, but I've got to be quite honest... as much as you would want to only do one at a time, sometimes projects overlap and there's nothing you can do. Sometimes you to have begin writing a new project just as you're finishing off another.

All of the directors I've worked with I've gotten along with very well.

It's an important thing to have a relationship with the director, and have it be a positive one.

One of the things I try to be very careful of is not taking a movie when I know I have no inspiration left.

Unless the guitar works as a color, then I don't use it, so I haven't been playing guitar too much lately.

Well, unbeknownst to everybody, I did a movie when I was 19.

Writing a simple melody can take weeks to get it right where I want it, but I do quite enjoy it.

Getting back to the point, a guy like Jerry, he deals with the business, and he doesn't see it as being evil or ugly, it's what you have to do, and I mean I know there's some really ugly parts to it and parts which drive me nuts, but not in the same way as music business.

I hate how things must be classified. How this is applied to musicians implies that they somehow contrive their products and have studied the demographics of the audience.

I just loved classical music, but I also loved playing rock guitar, and I loved playing piano, so it was a natural thing that those things would merge at some point.

I love being in a band. I love that collaborative spirit, although some would suggest that I don't get involved in the collaborative spirit, but it's not true.

I never actually had a guitar lesson. I taught myself the guitar from piano exercise books, which led me to have a pretty good technique on the guitar and allowed me to find different ways to do things.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

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