Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs, June 8, 1944)
The subject of today's The MMOB Daily Quote is a Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter who runs the nightclub Slim's. in San Francisco.
Other than appreciating the exceptional name, I've always enjoyed Boz's signature vocal stylings. He has one of those unique, compelling voices that, for me at least, brings back good memories from my childhood. So I owe it to myself to get to Slim's one of these days and meet the man in person.
Here's a bit of that Boz Scagg's charm to get us started on a Monday morning.
And now, some quotes from Boz.
"A lot of what I have always done is do other singers."
"As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues because you can play it easily. It's not a style that's difficult to pick up. It's purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with."
"From the time I moved to San Francisco in 1967 to play with the Steve Miller Band, there was a lot of support in the music community for one cause or another, but this one was special because it was put on by people who understood where musicians' hearts are."
"I felt that, in retrospect, there was a time in the late Seventies, after I had a string of hits and successes, as a performer and a recording artist, that I wasn't saying anything."
"I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice."
"I really just followed my musical instincts every step of my life."
"I think that it can be said of a lot of artists, and myself included, that we made the same record over and over from the beginning."
"I think the women - Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu - are doing new conceptual things and using their voices to create new American music."
"I would say that I'm finding my voice in more ways than one."
"I'm easily distracted by other things in the world around me."
"I'm still trying to re-create a Ray Charles concert that I heard when I was fifteen years old, and all my nerve endings were fried and transformed, and electricity shot through me."
Cheers! - Jason