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All Quotes by author - Shane McAnally
" I always loved Willie Nelson, but I loved the songs that Willie made famous. "
" If the right idea comes up, and it feels true to talk about somebody being in a truck, and that's the only way to tell the story, then I will reluctantly tell the story that way. "
" I have a hard time being happy, and I think a lot of creative people suffer with that when life gets real happy. "
" I'm a commercial-minded songwriter. I'm here to make a living and be on the radio. "
" I'm a creative person who had a lot of dark time in my life. I can still get to it: I can still go to a relationship or a time when things weren't great. But it's getting further and further from me. "
" It only took me six months to get a record deal, but it took me 20 years to have a hit. "
" I wake up every day thinking, 'I just can't do it anymore.' There's nothing left to say, and I'm completely dry. And then I get in the room with somebody and they say the right thing, and I'm on again. "
" Nashville is a boys' club of redneck conservative ideas. But they're ready to embrace gay people. I never felt for one second that someone was judging me. Some people are like, 'Oh, I love gay people' in that 'I have lots of black friends' kind of way. It's awkward, but you have to appreciate that they're trying. "
" One of the greatest tools you have as a songwriter is anonymity. If someone knows too much about the songwriter, they don't get to insert their own characters. I don't want the audience thinking about the gay guy who wrote the song. "
" Sometimes you just want to write a party song. "
" That internal ache is the starting point of country music. If it's a happy song and I can still feel sad in it? That's my favorite. "
" The Nashville Network, that's all I would watch as a kid. "
" The truth is, I probably would be dead if I had become a star, because at that point I was so closeted and so afraid of people of finding out I was gay. There was no telling what would have happened. "
" We'll set up a demo session and try to knock out eight or ten songs and make them sound as close as we can to a record with the money and time we have. "
" West Hollywood blew my mind: gay men walking down the street, kissing and holding hands. I'd never imagined there was a place like that. "
" When I stopped hiding who I am, I started writing hits. "
" When something works on a huge level, everybody does it. "
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