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All Quotes by author - Mat Kearney
" All of my acoustic playing came from my songwriting. All of the chords I've learned and all of the voicings I play them in are a direct result of composing. "
" As an artist, you tend to gravitate to the opposite. I know, when I finish a song or an album, I'm interested in doing something completely new. It doesn't always happen, but that's the idea. My poor fans - I don't know if they love that or hate that. "
" Being from Oregon, it's part of who I am. "
" Choosing an acoustic guitar for a live setting can be different from picking out one for recording. One doesn't always work for the other. The sonic properties can be vastly different. "
" 'City Of Black And White' was me trying to do something more mature, more adult contemporary. "
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" Even on tour, where I perform songs from 'City Of Black And White,' I still do songs from 'Nothing Left To Lose.' I never turned my back on that material. On some albums, you change - that's all. The trick is to follow your heart and do what feels right. "
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" For my father, he didn't know what 'Grey's Anatomy' was. He didn't know who John Mayer was. But when I showed up on the 'Law & Order' TNT promo spot, he thought, 'Wow, my son has made it.' "
" From my experience, I've been honest about who I am and what I believe and the motivation behind my music. But I've played it in arenas that are for all people. I've pretty much stuck to that model my whole career. "
" Generally, the songs that are the scariest ones are the ones that people connect to. "
" Getting married and really digging in with another human being can point out your greatest strengths and your greatest weaknesses. "
" God found me when I was at my lowest point. That was the first time in my life when I really felt like I understood who Jesus was - it was more than just knowing about Him: I felt like He met me in that time and place. "
" Golf was big in my family. "
" Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, there was everything from The Notorious B.I.G. to Weezer playing in my car. "
" Hopefully, reading and being around great literature inspires me to write songs, but I'm not sure about that. "
" I am a micromanager, and I love being involved in every detail of my life, but in the big picture, you realize how little control you have. 'Air I Breathe' is about those moments of surrender where you get to something that is bigger than you, and you don't have answers for it. "
" I can't help but do things my own way. "
" I didn't know music would end up being my job, but I loved it so much I wanted to do it every day. "
" I didn't start writing music until I was a sophomore in college. I would steal my roommate's guitar and sit on the front porch and kind of blend this weird spoken word and these little melodies over simple chords; that really started my whole journey as a musician. "
" I do know great books help shape who I am and how I look at life. "
" I don't know how much I'm connected to the hip-hop scene, but I definitely lend from that urgency. "
" I don't spend afternoons practicing my guitar to get better. I do read, though, to get inspiration for my lyrics. "
" I don't think, to be a traveler, you have to reject setting roots up. "
" I enjoy changing; I think it's more fun to try something different than to just do what you did last time. As an artist, you just want to keep creating, keep finding a place that really inspires you that feels fresh and new, and keep it exciting. "
" I grew up in Oregon, so there was always a lot of that folksy, Bob Marley stuff. There was a mural of Bob Marley on a wall at my high school. "
" I had the lyric 'Chip Don't Go' and a few words, and my wife came in and said that it sounded like a good song. I thought I'd finish writing it up and posting it to YouTube. I didn't realize it was going to take off like it did. "
" I love Bruce Springsteen's writing, but I grew up on '90s hip hop, like Tribe Called Quest. "
" I love Michigan. "
" I love to play the songs that got me to where I am. I like to take a little bit from all of my records and mix it up. "
" I love what I do. I love playing music. "
" I'm a '90s music kid. "
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