"You never actually finish mixing, you just stop." R.C.

"Somewhere between genius and Geek lies the.....Geenius!

"I'd rather have good music than bad dialogue." (John Ford)

"The large print giveth and the small print taketh away." (Tom Waits)

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled." (Barnett Cocks)

Upon George W. Bush's election...
"Thank God our long national nightmare of peace, prosperity, and compassion is over." R.C

H.L. Mencken on writer's block:
"There is always a blank sheet of paper.
There is always a pen.
There is always a way out."

"Death is merely the end of all maintenance." R.C.

"If you think you understood what I just said, then you didn't understand what I just said." (Alan Greenspan)

Old Arab Saying - "The dogs bark but the caravan passes."

Mankind's 10 Stages of Drunkenness (Dan Jenkins)
  1. Witty and Charming
  2. Rich and Powerful
  3. Benevolent
  4. Clairvoyant
  5. Fuck Dinner
  6. Patriotic
  7. Crank Up the Enola Gay
  8. Witty and Charming, Part II
  9. Invisible
 10. Bulletproof

B.G.O. - Blinding Grasp of the Obvious

Producer to Guitar Player: "Hey, how about some dynamics?"
Guitar Player to Producer: "Dynamics? I’m playing as loud as I can!"

Producer to Musician: "You played some really sensitive shit, man."
Musician to Producer: "I’m a polished motherfucker."

"Music is just the shit between the jokes." George Schlatter to Glen Roven

"I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to turn down this film. I just don’t feel that it’s Loni Anderson’s best work." Richard Bellis

"I love how your mind works; I just wish I could agree with it more." Arthur Hamilton re: R.C.

Sean McCarver: "I can’t stand it that I’ve sold seven screenplays and none of them have been made."
R.C.: "Do you want to make money or whine about art?"
Sean: "Well, both actually."

"Nobody ever left the theatre humming a two-shot." Mark Brull

"No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin

Nobody ever looks back on his life and says, "Boy, I wish I’d spent more time at the office."

"Working at the speed of scale." Old Hollywood Saying

"If my computer was any more powerful, it wouldn’t work at all." R.C.

"I always earn some of my money." Joey Rand

"If you can’t find a big enough rock to hide under, muddy the water." R.C.

"If a project is not worth doing, it’s not worth doing well."

"There’s no tape for this cue? Well, we probably did it before there was tape..."
Avi, Dec. 6, 1991, 5:10 A.M.

"My body, which was a temple, is now an amusement park."

"Be a duck. Show unruffled feathers on the surface, and underneath, paddle like hell."

Post-production in ancient China (a small Zen verse)
Arrow Gone
Bow Broken
Now Shoot
(courtesy of Jeff Rona)

"May you live in interesting times." Old Chinese Curse

"May you have a lawsuit in which you know you are right." Old Gypsy Curse

"May you have a million dollars, and may it not be enough to pay your doctor bills."
Old Jewish Curse

Sportswriter Jim Murray’s description of the Holyfield/Foreman fight:
"I went to a fight last night. One of the boxers looked like a Greek God.
The other looked like a Greek restaurant."

Jim Hill’s Three Secrets For Success:
1. Preparation
2. Attention To Detail
3. Volume

Greg Townley’s Secret For Success:
"I just push buttons until I hear something."

Adam Fields’ Secret For Success: (to: Sherman Helmsley, vocalist)
"Sherman, you’re a genius!"

"When the going gets weird, the weird get going."

"I just missed another great opportunity to keep my mouth shut." Don Williams, percussionist

"If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter how you get there."

"If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, then come here and sit right next to me."

Until the morale around here improves, the beatings will continue.
The Management

"It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it." Stephen Wright

Roseanne Barr On Her Public Image:
"My friends tell me I have to be more feminine, I have to be more ladylike, but I just say, 'Hey, suck my dick!'"

"Working in Hollywood gives one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution."
Jane Fonda

"This group The Sex Pistols pukes on stage? I don’t necessarily like that. That’s not showmanship...They gotta get themselves an act."
Bo Diddley

"Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment."
Chad Volpe, SCL webmaster and occasional SAG stuntman

"Good Heavens, TV is something you appear on. You don’t watch it."
Noel Coward

On The Road (see also Ray's Excellent Racing Page)

"It’s the pedal on the right." R.C.

"If you can’t smell the brakes, then you haven’t been for a drive." R.C.

"Brakes are to be used in case of personal emergencies only." R.C.

"A squealing tire is a happy tire." Jan Beechus, Indycar driver and Ray’s instructor at Jim Russell Racing at Laguna Seca.

"Phillip Glass's writing makes the Ramones sound like Beethoven."

Reporter to Dennis O’Conner after winning the America’s Cup: "So, do you still enjoy sailing?"
0’Conner: "Sailing? I hate sailing. I like winning."

John Beal: "I just got a call to do the music for two Camel cigarette commercials."
R.C.: "That’s great! You’re the only composer I know who still smokes, so you’ll have no moral problem with doing the gig."
John Beal: "Well, we’ll see how much money is involved."

"Dare to be cheap!" Trevor Morris

Old pilot’s saying: "Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing."

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.

"Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige

"It’s a beautiful day for baseball. Let’s play two." - Ernie Banks

"It’s showtime!" - Bob Fosse, as he popped methedrine in the morning.

"Nobody’s human." - Jon Joyce

Television happens!

Greg Townley, after quickly bailing himself out of a desperate situation: "Aren’t you impressed?"
R.C.: "Yes, both with your speed and your lack of preparation."

Question: "Why is duct tape like The Force?"
Answer: "It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together."

"That life is worth living is the most basic of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions." Santayana

Tennessee definition of a good farmhand: "In the field, mules in harness, waiting for dawn."
courtesy of Wanda Colcord, Shelbyville Tennessee.

"I don’t wake up in the morning, I come to. I don’t fall asleep at night, I pass out. And I’m sober!"
Sam Ward

"It’s a 3-minute piece, how long could it take?" - Glen Roven at the start of a 3-day session.

"Producers: Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnivorous." R.C.

"That’s where I want to be, on the cutting edge of semi-pro." - R.C., after watching 3 days of 3 ADATS.

Avi Kipper, to Ed Kalnins, RE: the ADAT BRC...
"Now, when you said it was squirrely, what exactly did you mean?"

Anything goes...until it doesn’t.

"What is the real relationship between drama and Dramamine?" - R.C.

Bad places where audio goes: Bias Heaven... The great bit-bucket in the sky

Producer's favorite pay scale - Triple Spec.

"When you have a deadline, there is no such thing as an inanimate object." - R.C.

Does anal retentive have a hyphen?

Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.

"My best definition of man is the ungrateful biped." - Dostoevski

"I’m not psychic, I’m just sort of telepathetic." Cara Hagans, Data Distributing

"We’ll fix it in post.....Oh shit! We’re in post!"

Theatre Is Life
Film Is Art
Television Is Furniture

Glenn Close to Michael Keaton in "THE PAPER"...
"You are so...fucking...fired!"

Bryan Hunter, age 7, upon buying an odd-looking marionette in Ixtapa, Mexico...
"His name is Go-Go, and he’s insane."

Superscore - The Endless Tweak

Out there on the bleeding edge.

"The endless tyranny of the blank page." R.C.

"If Batman is smart enough to build the Batcave and Batmobile, why doesn’t he hire a decent director?"
7-year old Mitchell Sean

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." Darth Vader

"Any man who dies with more than ten thousand dollars in the  bank is a failure."
Erroll Flynn

Large and in charge.

1. No Research and Development on Workdays.
2. Every Day is a Workday.
3. Prepare for the most neurotic possibility.

"There’s something funny about this CD player; it cues up 1 second into every track. It’s not ideal."
Joey Rand

"Everybody’s so hung up on sync, like it’s so important."
Michael Dees (singer)

Trickle-down misery

Trial by Incineration

Doug Ivester - CEO of Coca-Cola "You know, I don’t feel stress."
His wife, Kay - "Of course you don’t, you’re a carrier!"

Greg Townley, about to punch in on a vocal track, "All three words?"

"I always endeavor to be frank, yet diplomatic. Failing that, I will be blunt."
Tom Null, President, Citadel Records

Ad for Duke Nukem: "You have to love a guy who thinks the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is a convenience store."

"Niño, Schmiño, it's just a winter storm."
Maddy Colcord

Fortune in fortune cookie opened by Chris Beck, composer, while mixing at Superscore Studios:

"If you're under control, you're not driving hard enough." Parnelli Jones

The world is full of needy producers.

"The online has to match the offline! It can't change!" Rhonda Moore, producer

"So far, so what?" Eric Bikales - composer

"The Threaten, Diminish, and Demean school of Management."

Philosophy for Modern Living:
"Why do homework? We can all be professional wrestlers."
Richard Brightman, Child Psychologist

"A closed mouth gathers no feet."

"Differences in degree, when sufficient, become differences in kind."

"Democracy is simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people." Oscar Wilde