Inspirational Quotes from Tommy Shaw

You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day.

Tommy Shaw

Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.

Tommy Shaw

I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.

Tommy Shaw

On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason. On electric guitar I keep basic: C, G, D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me.

Tommy Shaw

It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head. I think most people have original music playing in their heads from time to time.

Tommy Shaw

When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected.

Tommy Shaw

I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I’ve got a real nice house, I go crazy when I’m there.

Tommy Shaw

When it stops being fun, stop.

Tommy Shaw

Timing is everything.

Tommy Shaw

Once you start thinking about it in a mercenary frame of mind, then you’re finished. You’re a joke, because there are too many mercenaries out there already.

Tommy Shaw

When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.

Tommy Shaw

When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing.

Tommy Shaw

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.

Tommy Shaw

There were some older guitarists on my side of town, and I got to know many of them.

Tommy Shaw

We were playing popular music, but we were doing our own arrangements because we were too lazy to sit down and figure out the originals.

Tommy Shaw

Around ’75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band.

Tommy Shaw

I’ve always stuck with Gibsons. I’ve had Guilds and Fenders, too, but I always wind up going back to Gibsons.

Tommy Shaw

Les Pauls work out real well for me because I’ll beat the hell out of them and they’ll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones.

Tommy Shaw

I’m not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I’m too rough on instruments.

Tommy Shaw

If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually carry a little dictation machine with me because I’m too lazy to write.

Tommy Shaw

I wish I had a nickel for every song that I’ve left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.

Tommy Shaw

If music became extinct now, I don’t know what I’d be good for.

Tommy Shaw

I’d better be on the road, or I’ll be going nuts. I’m not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe and slippers watching soap operas.

Tommy Shaw

When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue.

Tommy Shaw

I don’t like looking back.

Tommy Shaw

I don’t write on tour. There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.

Tommy Shaw

I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus.

Tommy Shaw

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side of the scale from touring. They balance me out creatively.

Tommy Shaw

I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.

Tommy Shaw

I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.

Tommy Shaw

Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract.

Tommy Shaw

Timing is everything.

Tommy Shaw

I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.

Tommy Shaw

We’re kind of defined by our mistakes.

Tommy Shaw

By the time I did that third solo album, I’d finally learned how to do it, but I’d also learned that I liked being in a band.

Tommy Shaw

As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand. There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.

Tommy Shaw