Songwriter, singer, and record producer, Peter Gabriel is one of the most popular English singers. He gained recognition as the flautist and lead singer of the band, ‘Genesis’. After biding adieu to the band in 1975, Gabriel kicked off his solo thriving career with his first single, ‘Solsbury Hills’. Thereafter, he gave hits and best-selling tracks which include ‘So’, ‘Passion’, ‘New Blood’ and ‘Long Walk Home’ amongst others. He has received number of awards and accolades for singing and music which also includes three ‘Grammy Award’. He has been promoting and producing music through ‘Real World Record’ which is his private label. Besides, being famous for his music, he is also renowned as a humanitarian. He has being the recipient of ‘The Man Of Peace Award’. He has also being inducted in the ‘The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’ twice, as a solo artist as well as a member of ‘Genesis’. Here is a collection of thoughts and views by one of the most acclaimed artists on subjects close to his heart which he has expressed through his music, lyrics, interviews, tweets and public utterances. Read through the popular quotes and sayings by Peter Gabriel and get inspired.
Three dot, a trinity, a way to map the universe,
Concerning iTunes, the deals have mainly been done with the record companies. But the artists, with some exceptions, haven't been very well-represented. This is partly because the record companies have largely been copyright owners.
With no guilt and no shame, no sorrow or blame. Whatever it is, we are all the same.
I love 5.1. Sometimes you can't squeeze everything in comfortably into a stereo picture. There is a lot more space in a 5.1 environment.
Those of us who have the eyes and ears of the media have a responsibility to amplify the voices of the voiceless.
Music is a spiritual doorway its power comes from the fact that it plugs directly into the soul, unlike a lot of visual art or textual information that has to go through the more filtering processes of the brain.
People have the strength to overcome their bodies. Their beauty is in their minds.
It's only in uncertainty that we're naked and alive.
We've got to get in to get out.
Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy.
In your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
the heat I see in your eyes
Everybody nose dive, hold your breath, count to five. Back slap, booby trap, cover it up in bubble wrap. Room shake, earth quake, find a way to stay awake. It's going to blow, it's going to break, this is more than I can take.
I try when I'm writing to fill my head and my ears with all sorts of stuff and then let it settle and filter through. At a certain point it seems like fruitless activity because you're taking a lot of time and not seeming to get anything. And then, slowly, you realize you've actually digested elements and that your thinking is being freed up and the way you build up compositions is changed as a result of what you've been listening to.
I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment - to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off.
To keeping silence I resigned My friends would think I was a nut Turning water into wine Open doors would soon be shut So I went from day to day Though my life was in a rut 'Til I thought of what I'd say Which connection I should cut
I think one of the things about writing in the studio is that the song hasn't matured, if you like, so quite often the vocals are early attempts. Whereas once you've taken it out on the road a bit, you learn more about a song.
Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
I had to listen, had no choice
The UN Declaration of Human Rights laid down what any person might reasonably expect, yet there are remarkably few people who enjoy these rights. With cameras in the hands of activists and meaningful distribution of those images, we will witness what really goes on in this world and hopefully want to change it.
I was introduced to lots of great music through my local record store. It was a place where people knew music and they knew me, and could make great suggestions and discoveries. Whether it is in the physical world or on-line, the value of a great and knowledgeable record store has not gone away
When we started OD2 in 1999, we were really expecting to work more with independents and so on because the major labels were spending millions on their own Pressplay and equivalents online, which haven't been very successful.