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Benmont Tench

American,  Musician
Total Quotes : 36
Play Fast Fairly

Besides, I'm fairly incompetent. I can't play that fast.

- Benmont Tench

Like Anybody Smith

Fortunately, as we all know, it's impossible for anybody but Jimmy Smith to really sound like Jimmy Smith.

- Benmont Tench

Against More Like

I don't know about five guys against the world. It's more like five guys against these three chords, and we're gonna wrestle 'em down no matter what it takes.

- Benmont Tench

Play Special Rolling

I got to play on a couple of records with the Rolling Stones, and that was really special to me.

- Benmont Tench

Hype Bob Real Thing

Bob Dylan's not a hype and a haircut: he's the real thing.

- Benmont Tench

Nashville Made Hang

I did enjoy Nashville a lot of the time, because I made really good friends who were really good songwriters, and they would be a joy to hang out with.

- Benmont Tench

Love Think Toward

I think I drift toward sad love songs.

- Benmont Tench

Play Striving Ringo

Listen to the Beatles' 'Things We Said Today.' Ringo Starr does not play a fill in the entire song. It doesn't need it. 'A Day In the Life' has gorgeous fills, but there, the song needs it. When I play on any record, I'm striving to get where Ringo is. You play what doesn't take you out of the song.

- Benmont Tench

Play Ahead I Think

Jeff Lynne is an arranger, and I think it's probably much easier for him to go ahead and play a part himself than to try to show somebody else what he wants. But it's hard for me to say; I barely know Jeff.

- Benmont Tench

Loved Bob Dylan Bob

I loved working with Bob Dylan.

- Benmont Tench

Focus Hell Got

In Mudcrutch we all wrote songs, and when it got to the focus on Tom and the Heartbreakers, I kept writing songs, but it wasn't anything that was up the Heartbreakers tree, I didn't think - and I don't think they did, either. So I kept writing songs for the hell of it, but I didn't want to make a record just for the sake of making a record.

- Benmont Tench

College Neglected Dad

I quit college and neglected to tell my dad.

- Benmont Tench

Think New I Think

I think that with Bob Dylan around, we're living in an era where we have Whitman presenting new work, we have Dickens presenting new work, we have Yeats and Shakespeare presenting new work. It's that level.

- Benmont Tench

Nashville Wrote Period

There was a period when I wrote in Nashville for Maverick and then Warner/Chappell, and it was interesting.

- Benmont Tench

Knew Record Producer

We started with Denny Cordell, and he was a great record producer. He knew exactly how to take a band that knew absolutely nothing, and guide you without trying to tell you what to do.

- Benmont Tench

Song Attention Call

If you call attention to yourself at the expense of the song, that's the cardinal sin.

- Benmont Tench

Kid Always Songs

I've always written songs since I was a kid - always.

- Benmont Tench

Voice Song Gotta

I was just writing songs because, if a song shows up, you've gotta write it. I didn't know what to do with them. I didn't have any faith in my voice.

- Benmont Tench

Think Been Organ

I'm not an overly skilled piano player or organ player at all, but I think I'm the right piano and organ player for the Heartbreakers. And I've been the right piano and organ player for a lot of sessions that I've been called on.

- Benmont Tench

Idea Other Could

The idea that I could write songs that people wanted to hear came from other people who said they liked what I did.

- Benmont Tench