Monday, November 25, 2013

Michael Buble Quotes

1. It's a bit shocking when you show up in Africa or you're in the middle of Spain and there are people that know the words and the young kids singing along.

2. That was awesome. Everybody was just so really nice. I've done the show three or four times in the U.K. where it's called "Strictly Come Dancing." It's a huge, huge, huge hit show there. As a show it's a great vehicle for any singer to come on and sell his or her record.

3. I don't want to be the flavor, the passing thing that the girls scream at. I think that it's more important for me, honestly, that the guy who gets dragged to the show, you know, looks at his wife and says, thank you, that was great and tells his buddies.

4. I've been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you. Each one a line or two: "I'm fine, baby. How are you?" I would send them, but I know that it's just not enough. My words are cold and flat, and you deserve more than that.

5. I think I'm a mama's boy who wanted to be a hockey player, who failed, and had to become a singer. I think that I'm a generous, impatient, kind, jerk.

6. I want to be around for a long time. I want this to be a career. I want to sing like Tony Bennett. I want to be an old man and I want to go through all the ups and downs and I wanna still love what I do.

7. The artist that had the biggest impact on me was Michael Jackson. He was my Elvis and Beatles. When I was 15, I listened to a lot of Sinatra, but my jean jacket didn't have "I love Frank" on it, it had: "I love AC/DC", "Guns N Roses", "Pearl Jam". I thought Eddie Vedder was the second coming.

8. It's all about love. We're either in love, dreaming about love, recovering from it, wishing for it or reflecting on it. That's what this record (Call Me Irresponsible) is about.

9. You can try to trick the people and come out wearing a fedora and a tuxedo but that's not me. I was born in the late '70s, I wear jeans. I don't hang out in casinos. The lifestyle isn't my thing. I don't drink martinis and I don't smoke cigars.

10. It turns out that I'm far too schizophrenic musically for people to categorize me. I think people judge me a lot before they ever really know who I am.

11. Right now "Save the Last Dance" (for me) is the single so they're probably going to want me to do that.


12. (his words to Michael McSweeney when he gave him his independent CD in his pre-stardom days) If you and your wife like it, great. If you don't, it'll make a great coaster.

13. I connect emotionally to these songs. I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That's the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something.

14. They don't approach me and I don't think I'm sexy. If there is anything sexy about me maybe it's that I'm a goof and I don't take myself seriously. Isn't that kind of sexy? If you just take the p**s out of yourself a bit. I don't think sexy is: "Hi, nice to meet you." I sing beautiful songs and I mean what I say.

15. (about his last name Bublé) Sounds French, but I'm a very proud Canadian of Italian extraction.

16. (on the 2012 NHL lockout) I think it's disgusting. I think the owners are disgusting and I think Gary Bettman is disgusting. As a hockey fan who loves the game, it's the grossest thing in the world to be pooped on like this. They couldn't care less about how we feel. Guy like Bettman thinks - egotistically - that hockey will be fine and we're just a bunch of dummies who'll come back no matter how expensive tickets are. Well, I don't think we're a bunch of dummies. I think we've been completely screwed on this one.

17. Every time a new rock singer comes out they don't say "Are you the new John Lennon?" Every time a new rapper comes out, it's not "Are you the new Dre?" I am never sure why this sort of genre, the categorization is so strong. I have not earned the right to be called the young Sinatra, but give me time.

18. I don't know what to say. I feel like Kelly Clarkson a bit.

19. It's all about love. We're either in love, dreaming about love, recovering from it, wishing for it or reflecting on it.

20. Once I had a girl come up to me and she was 17 or 18, and she looked me right in the eye and said: "I was wondering if your p*nis gives lessons?" I looked at her and said: "Pardon me?" I was speechless. I remember saying to my publicist: "This girl just asked if my p*nis gives lessons" and the young girl got very angry with me. She said: "Not your p*nis, your pianist." Talk about your ego getting in the way and letting you hear things you want to hear.

21. I've said it a million times: I would love very much to be known as one of the great entertainers. If that's me having a big ego, then sorry. I'm shooting for the stars, and if I miss I'll hit the moon and that's pretty high.

22. I just don't want people to think I'm too sweet of a boy; and little miss angel boy, because I'm going to get caught doing somebody horrible.

23. (about covering songs) It's far more difficult for me to cover a song because you can compare that song with another 400 iconic artists who have recorded it. So it's my job to take it to a different place. And as an interpreter, I take it really seriously. When I'm remaking a song, I'm aware that I'm not here to sing the song better than Frank Sinatra or if I cover Van Morrison or I cover The Eagles, my job isn't to sing it better, my job is to make it my own.

24. If I'm a betting man I think my chances are in the 40 per cent up (range).

25. I did a show in Virginia and he put wire in his hands and said I had stolen music from black people and tried to pop my head off. I went into the audience and he swung at me - I saw the fist and moved and pushed his face back. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) came to pick him up and he kicked the window out of the back of the car to get out to get me again. He wanted me dead.

26. When grandpa was ill and could've died, I would have swapped all my record sales so he could get well. He is the reason I am a singer. He was my best friend growing up.

27. My favorite music is '80s music which drives people around me crazy. I really love it.

28. Not that I'm some rocker, but what I do in a show is probably far more aggressive than what Dean Martin or Bobby Darin ever did.

29. (on saying he and former flame Emily Blunt were naive to discuss their relationship so openly) We were naive, I think. We were both excited about the relationship, and we talked openly about it, and I think we both learned that when you give away even little things, they're not yours anymore. So I've learned just to keep my private life private.

30. I've been singing this crap since I was 16!

31. (about covering songs versus original music) The reason I won't do all originals is because it is more of a challenge for me to take great songs and to reinterpret them and make them new again. It's what I do. It's always what I've done and had a passion for.

32. I am a candid interview and I have a dark and dry sense of humor - a very Canadian sense of humor and I am only learning now stupidly that you can't read tongue. When I say something funny in a newspaper and I meant it to be funny, it doesn't read that way.

33. I think the legacy we leave is our family. I don't think it's money. I don't think it's - I'm not saying that charity isn't a great thing. I just think that it's my family. Even now I look and I think: "God, I'm lucky if I lost it all".

34. (on the things he learned after splitting with Emily Blunt) I've become a lot more introspective. I've taken the time to get to know myself and to like myself and to respect myself. A lot of things stemmed from insecurity. I didn't understand why I had all these wonderful things in my life and why I still felt unfulfilled. I don't think I used to stop to smell the roses but I'm really enjoying my life (now).

35. I don't just want to cover a song because it's easy, like "Fly Me to the Moon." I like that song. It's a great song. But I don't want to cover it just because it's one of the most popular standards. I wanted to take chances and record songs that I thought I could breathe new life into.

36. (to Australian critics who slammed Britney Spears for lip-syncing in a concert) Does she deserve the way she's been completely bashed by the media here? No.

37. I can't party on tour any more, I think it's part of getting older - you know your limits. I stay sober as I want to put on the best show. It's bigger now, so I need to be sharp.

38. Look at Neil Diamond. Was he the cool guy? No, he was the housewives' guy. He didn't try to be what he wasn't. He just did what he did - made great music, was a good entertainer, nice-enough guy.

39. Mind you, I lip-synch all my concerts...I'm the Milli Vanilli of jazz.

40. (about his former job as a singing telegram messenger) Ten out of 11 times they wouldn't (tip). They'd say: "I want you to sing it louder." And I'd be: "But it's a ballad."

41. There will never be another Frank Sinatra. I never wanted to be another Frank Sinatra. I only wanted to be another Michael Buble.

42. (to Australian critics who slammed Britney Spears for lip-syncing in a concert) You'd think she killed someone…Okay, she lip-synchs her show, people know that, they make the decision if they want to go and see her do that.

43. This is why I wanted to be different and why I wanted to have power and fame and money: because I wanted to be attractive to the opposite sex. I'd be lying to you if I didn't say that was a big part of it.

44. (about singing jazz music) I don't want to be a copycat. What you see is who I am. It's just me and how I grew up and what I thought was cool. There was always something special about that music to me. It just stood out. I always felt like I was born in the wrong time.

45. My Spanish is not great...I'm learning slowly. She's showing me up. Her English is flawless, I sound like a caveman when I try to talk Spanish.

46. I have the most eclectic audience - I've got gay, I've got straight, black, white, rich, poor, young, old, in 45 countries. And they don't all come because I'm the Sinatra kid, though that's a big part of it. My biggest successes have come from pop songs that I write myself.

47. I wear a suit on stage, I think it is disrespectful not to - especially when people have paid good money to see you. Also I sing songs about love. Frank Sinatra sang about love and he wore a suit. It's just a matter of respect.

48. It offends me when people think I only listen to Frank Sinatra. I was born in 1975 and I never wanted to be part of the Rat Pack. As a kid, my biggest idol was Michael Jackson. As a teenager, I wanted to be one of the Beastie Boys.

49. I get to study and I got to mimic and what I basically did was I stole from every person that I could steal from. I was an imitator. That's what I was. It was years before I could take all of these things that I loved about all of these different artists and put them together and find my voice.

50. When I did my first album, I was marketed as the singer who would appeal to your grandma. But as each record arrived with more power and confidence, I began to sound younger and younger.

51. (on watching his fiancee Luisana Lopilato film love scenes) I don't like watching it. I often ask her: "Would it be okay if I kiss women every week?" But she says: "It's not the same - I am working." It's just something I have to get used to.

52. (admitting that he is terrible at relationships) It was a whole s**tload of things. It was going through the break-up and asking myself why. I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts.

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