Top 33 Ray LaMontagne Quotes

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“You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“You have to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“We all have that inner voice that is wise, even if we don’t always follow it. It’s that voice I’m trying to listen to.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“The thing I love about music is that you can take things that are painful, deep things that hurt you, and you can turn them into something beautiful.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I don’t like myself, and I don’t like to be looked at.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I have a strong sense of self, but that’s not a negative thing.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“Well… you know, I love motorcycles. They’re just beautiful, and there’s a certain craftsmanship in older bikes, older Triumphs or BSAs or Norton. I’m just very attracted to it.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“Every song asks to be sung in a different way.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“It’s so easy to get caught up in your own experiences. They can seem so important. But there are billions and billions of other experiences going on.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“When I think of folk music, I think of topical songs. And I don’t write topical songs.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I always felt, as a listener at a show, that when there was too much banter between the artist and the audience that it detracted from the show. I more enjoyed shows where the guys came out and they just played.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“My backstory is so tedious.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I probably wouldn’t be a songwriter if I didn’t grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that’s served me well.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“There’s a real sense of desperation when you grow up in poverty.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I’d much rather be playing songs than talking to people.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I can’t get excited by my own music. It’s impossible.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“My voice sucks. I don’t like the tone.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“The label doesn’t do anything but put your record in the store, that’s all they do. And tell you, you don’t have a single… and tell you, it’s not gonna sell… that’s what the label does.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I was really lost for a while in my teens. I was angry. But when I found music – Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell – it was a new discovery. It was a door to this other world where I wanted to be.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I need space between me and the audience – and the more space the better.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I want to write music that will outlive me.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I don’t really think of myself as a folk singer.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“Social situations, for me – it’s very natural for me to be an observer. That’s where I’m most comfortable. I observe things.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“In order to get a note out, I have to dig deep, and I mean that on an emotional level. To physically sing, I have to get somewhere deep before I can do it.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I’m very uncomfortable in my own skin.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I’m a very emotional person.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I feel calm when I’m on my own.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I am very self-critical, but that’s a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“When I pick up the guitar, it’s a melody, and that’s what drives the lyrics. It’s bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I’m a private person.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“I want to be in control of my own destiny.”

― Ray LaMontagne

“Writing songs is not something I wanted to share with people for a long time. It was precious to me. I didn’t want someone to crush it. I waited until I felt strong enough to take the criticism.”

― Ray LaMontagne
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