Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Question: About your new video, Vincent Gallo is directing that is he?
John Frusciante: Yeah.
Question: Are you friends with him? What kind of video is it?
John Frusciante: It’s like an experimental film starring me and directed by him. It’s the best video I could have asked for, it’s so cool.
Question: What’s your relationship with Vincent?
John Frusciante:Well, he’s my friend you know, he’s been my friend ever since we were writing the record “Californication” and Vincent had the movie “Buffalo 66” out. I saw that movie and it reminded me of my music. The feelings of his movie reminded me of the feelings of my songs. He got my phone-number from a friend of ours, I found out that he was a big fan of my solo-record, both of my solo-records. So, he asked me if I would do the music…
Question: Can I take some pictures while we’re talking?
John Frusciante: Yeah yeah, sure. So he asked me if I could do the music for his next movie and I said yeah. I wrote a lot of songs sort of with his next movie in mind, and I made a CD out of them, and I would say that a lot of that CD will be the soundtrack. They’re not on this CD, they’re on a CD that I just gave to my friends.
Question: But that is coming out eventually?
John Frusciante: Well, eventually. He hasn’t figured out yet who he wants to be in the movie. He needs a few female parts that he’s having a hard time casting. But, when he does it will be a wonderful movie and I’m gonna do the music to it. He’s the only filmmaker that I feel any sense of camaraderie with, he’s the only person who … I haven’t seen any other films or videos that have reminded me of my music in the last few years. I see films from the 50’s by Kenneth Anger that remind me of my music and I see films by Andy Warhol in the 60’s that remind me of my music but I don’t… Vincent is the onlyperson making movies now that… things of that same kind of… sort of avant garde kind of radical approach to filmmaking. So yes, I’m very proud of what we’ve done together and I know we’ll do other great things together.
Absolutely love this piece of dialogue
Ilsa: I wasn’t sure you were the same. Let’s see, the last time we met…
Rick: Was La Belle Aurore.
Ilsa: How nice, you remembered. But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris.
Rick: Not an easy day to forget.
Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.
If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?
“It’s Just a Ride”
Another of my favourites: “The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round and it has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud. And it’s fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: ‘Is this real? Or is this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and they say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid - ever - because… this is just a ride.’ And we kill those people.
‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! Shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry; look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.’
It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that - ever notice that? - and we let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because… it’s just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort. No worry. No job. No savings and money. Just a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy bigger guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.
Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, into a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defence each year and, instead, spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would do many times over - not one human being excluded - and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever. In peace.” - Bill Hicks
The point is, if you went to Paris and dug up Debussy and said, ‘Excusez-moi Monsieur…are you an impressionist?’ he’d probably say ‘Merde!’ and go back to sleep