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The folks who know the truth aren't talking.... The ones who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up!
As a kid, I did want to be an old-timer, since they were the ones with the big stories and the cool clothes. I wanted to go there. Now, I guess I want to bring that with me and go back in time.
Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me - choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothing.
For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.
I always had a great appreciation for jazz, but I'm a very pedestrian musician. I get by. I like to think that my main instrument is vocabulary.
I’ve always been a word guy, I like weird words and I like American slang and all that and words that are no longer being used… I like to drag them out of the box and wave them around… this is an interesting one, it’s amazing how in addition to punctuation just a little pause in the wrong place can just completely transform the meaning of something.
Sometimes the magnetism of a song is impossible to ignore, and it demands that it be sung in a certain way.
There's not much difference between what I appear to be on stage and what I am. I think people like that, that I'm not trying to pull a caper.
You hope people are going to be listening to you after you're gone. And they like you better after you're gone.
I bark my voice out through a closed throat, pretty much. It's more, perhaps, like a dog in some ways. It does have its limitations, but I'm learning different ways to keep it alive.
I think this whole division between the genres has more to do with marketing than anything else. It's terrible for the culture of music.