I see electronic music as loads of monkeys pushing buttons and me being one of them. But I think my album ‘Timeless’ stands the test of time.
My dad was a scientist. More than that: my dad grew up in a tiny terraced house in Swansea, the only child of a second-generation immigrant family – his father sold cloth, zips and buttons from door to door – and so science – biochemistry at Swansea University, followed by a PhD at Imperial College – was his way out, his way up.
In the end when we’re on stage, we push buttons, but when we’re in the studio we’re actually creating music that we play in gigs.
My brothers said I was always the craziest, always pushing buttons.
You can be intuitive when you’ve got a more expansive role. You can get into the poetry of telling the story rather than just pushing buttons.
One of the most important things you can do in your life is to learn to pull back the curtain of fear so you can see it for what it really is – the enemy blowing a lot of smoke and pushing your buttons.
People can press your buttons and make you react… but it’s not under your control.
At an ERA fundraiser years ago, one of my favorite buttons was the one that said, ‘Every mother is a working mother.’
When I left school at 14, I thought I had better get a job. I got one in a factory where I sewed on buttons. It was so boring and we weren’t allowed to talk or sing. I lasted a day.
Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano.
My first proper job was as a commodities broker. I went off to work every morning in an ’80s power suit. I couldn’t afford a good one, so I’d buy nice buttons instead and make it look better than it actually was.
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.
The two hot issues are the gay issue and the abortion issue. These are the two defining issues in the evangelical community these days. I’m sure that these hot buttons will be pushed, time and time again.
And we’ve got to ask ourselves some very serious questions as to whether or not certain religious leaders, in terms of raising money – I hate to bring this up – are pushing hot buttons.
I know everything that you can do with digital processing and digital editing inside and out, but I absolutely refuse to push the buttons and don’t even want to know how to load and unload the files.
I’ll buy an old jacket and attach gold buttons and a couple royal patches. Or I’ll find an old busted sweatshirt, tear out the zipper, and replace it with a $700 zipper. I make things my own.
One of my favorite teachers is Osho, mainly because he liked to push people’s buttons just to get them to think and live outside of their comfort zone.
After a few days with the iPhone X, I can begin to make out its themes. It’s a step towards fading the actual physical manifestation of technology into a mist where it’s just there – a phone that’s ‘all screen,’ one that turns on simply by seeing you, one that removes the mechanics of buttons and charging cables.
I think the reason that swearing is both so offensive and so attractive is that it is a way to push people’s emotional buttons, and especially their negative emotional buttons. Because words soak up emotional connotations and are processed involuntarily by the listener, you can’t will yourself not to treat the word in terms of what it means.
When should a man stop wearing sports jerseys? When the buttons of his White Sox top finally pop, like rivets on a distressed ocean liner? When the pinstripes of his Yankees shirt have grown wider at the midsection than at the top, as the longitudinal lines on a globe?
We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.
I played the organ when I went to military school, when I was 10. They had a huge organ, the second-largest pipe organ in New York State. I loved all the buttons and the gadgets. I’ve always been a gadget man.
I don’t know why people think I’m polished – I often leave the house with buttons missing and ladders in my tights.
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