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40 Best Bob Weir Quotes On Life & Music

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40 Best Bob Weir Quotes On Life & Music

Which are your favorite Bob Weir quotes?

Bob Weir is an American musician. He is most famously recognized for being one of the founding members of the popular rock band ‘Grateful Dead’.

Throughout his career in the music industry, Weir has played in several other famous bands as well, including ‘Kingfish’, ‘RatDog’, and ‘Furthur’. Along with the Grateful Dead, Weir notably got inducted into the prestigious ‘The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’.

After the Grateful Dead disbanded, Weir then formed the band ‘Dead & Company’ along with a couple of former members of the Grateful Dead along with the renowned singer ‘John Mayer’ which remains active to this day.

Here’s our collection of the best Bob Weir quotes:

 

40 Best Bob Weir Quotes On Life & Music

1. “I think if people value democracy, they had damn well better get out and exercise their right to vote while their vote still means something.” – Bob Weir

2. “I’m still good for hitting the road. I’ll be doing that a fair bit.” – Bob Weir

3. “I was 18 when I first started writing.” – Bob Weir

4. “A lot of time we would jam in-between songs on stage, and those jams sometimes became songs.” – Bob Weir

5. “I have always had a certain aversion to heat. And for me, the name of the game on the stage is ‘beat the heat.’ It’s always July under the lights.” – Bob Weir

6. “I’m looking forward to some more solo acoustic dates. That’s a lot of fun for me because I get to be alone with the song. And I get to hear every little nuance; if my instrument does something that I wasn’t expecting, I get to chase that. Chase that down a little bit.” – Bob Weir

7. “The next one I wrote when I was 19 or 20. I started to get into writing with the other guys.” – Bob Weir

8. “I don’t know if I discovered I had any talent. It was dogged persistence. I had to have the music.” – Bob Weir

9. “The same song on a different day was a different song.” – Bob Weir

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10. “When Jerry was writing, he would do what he was gonna do. And then maybe he would bring it to the band and we would arrange it, more or less. So it was kind of a co-writing situation in that regard. And there was a lot of stuff we all co-wrote. Like “Thanksgiving,” we all co-wrote that.” – Bob Weir

 

11. “Hunter and I traded verses. He would write a verse and I would write a verse.” – Bob Weir

12. “We taped everything, and oftentimes listened to it back at night. We’d mark tunes that we wanted to get around to, or we would think about making it a song when we listened back to the tapes. And that would be a place where a song might want to live, so we would go with that.” – Bob Weir

13. “I was writing in tandem with Jerry and Phil particularly. And Pigpen would chip in as well.” – Bob Weir

14. “When we started out, there was so much cash involved that it attracted an element you’d rather not do business with.” – Bob Weir

15. “The Grateful Dead played for three hours on a given night, plus soundcheck.” – Bob Weir

16. “The premise that we’re working with is that when most people go to a show, they’re not really watching what’s going on onstage. They may be watching what’s on the screen. But when the songs are playing in their mind’s eye, they’re actually watching a movie.” – Bob Weir

17. “The whole band playing together. Back then we’d pretty much rehearse daily. A lot of that was just jamming. And from that came a lot of music that we turned into songs. Then we’d apply lyrics to them best we could. Until [Robert] Hunter came along. Hunter changed that dynamic because he was just better at it than we were. And then [John] Barlow came along after that.” – Bob Weir

18. “Songs go through cycles for me. And sometimes I lose my passion for some of them.” – Bob Weir

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19. “I thought being a cowboy would be a terribly romantic thing to do. But it wasn’t. I shoveled a lot of stalls.” – Bob Weir

 

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20. “Both my kids like Adele, and I gotta say, the girl can sing.” – Bob Weir

 

21. “My very first one was sort of a rewrite of an old jug band standard. I made it blues. I called it Nickelwood Blues.” – Bob Weir

22. “They’re protecting an archaic industry. They should turn their attention to new models.” – Bob Weir

23. “Early on, Jerry and I worked up a lot of Everly Brothers tunes. And tunes of that nature, you know, country tunes.” – Bob Weir

24. “All art is tension, and release. Light and dark. It’s just a matter of how you play with it.” – Bob Weir

25. “I don’t believe in death.” – Bob Weir

26. “It happened both ways. Sometimes music first, sometimes words first. And then there’s the third way, which is actually best, where they both happen at the same time. But that was rare.” – Bob Weir

27. “If Trump wins, I think the whole thing is going to blow up, and we’re going to start over, and that’s always a good thing to do.” – Bob Weir

28. “It adds a lot of resonance when you can directly relate to the character in the song; when the character is you or a statement of one’s voice.” – Bob Weir

29. “Looking back, I guess I’ve lived an unusual life.” – Bob Weir

 

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30. “What I like best about music is when time goes away.” – Bob Weir

 

31. “I was gifted with a life that was full of adventure. I’ve always believed if you’re gifted, that it’s incumbent not to think about giving something back.” – Bob Weir

32. “We’d just signed with Arista, the record company. Arista was freaking about the phenomenon of tapers showing up at our shows. They were insisting that we put an end to this. And we just didn’t want to do that.” – Bob Weir

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33. “With any kind of writing, you get hot and you get cold. Famous situation. There are times when you’re just too damn busy, on the road for instance, too damn busy to write.” – Bob Weir

34. “Jerry and I had a similar range. Either one of us could catch the high part and the other guy could catch the melody. So we would create a back-and-forth in that regard, so each of us had ample time to sing the melody, and also take a break and sing the bird-call.” – Bob Weir

35. “We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up.” – Bob Weir

36. “One of the things that the Grateful Dead did, way back when, was we spent a lot of time just turning each other on to music. If somebody was listening to something that really caught their ear, they’d make sure that everybody else in the band heard it, and that came home for us in innumerable ways.” – Bob Weir

37. “That Cornell show that – that people talk about, I can’t remember that specifically. It didn’t stand out for me on that tour. The whole tour was like that for me.” – Bob Weir

38. “Obviously I believe in reincarnation and all that kind of stuff – I don’t think anyone’s going to be surprised to hear that.” – Bob Weir

39. “Whatever I’m going to be doing, a lot of it will be furthering this heritage, this legacy.” – Bob Weir

40. “Be as in touch with your dreams as you can be.” – Bob Weir

 

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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.

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