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" A house full of new furniture doesn't mean a whole lot. "
" When I work alone, it can be like dabbling with a canvas. Maybe you paint over bits, and it starts to form its own life and lead you off in a direction. It becomes an intuitive, subconscious process. "
" Most people don't know who the hell I am. But that's not really important. "
" I just find things that work and embellish them. "
" That's one of the real downfalls of celebrity. You're something that's about you at some point, and that gets latched onto and pumped into the machinery. Then you start having a million other people telling you who you are, and what you should be doing and why, and it's easy to lose your way. "
" Studio D has a lot of symbolism for me. "
" Lyrically, you know, most of the things on 'Rumours' were very autobiographical and very much conversations the three writers were having with other members of the band. "
" I always made the joke that I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Warner Brothers first put 'Tusk' on and listened to it in their boardroom as a follow-up to 'Rumours.' "
" When I was a kid, and Elvis Presley broke through to a middle class, white audience, it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood Mac. "
" You can look at 'Rumours' and say, 'Well, the album is bright, and it's clean, and it's sunny.' But everything underneath is so dark and murky. What was going on between us created a resonance that goes beyond the music itself. "
" Sometimes I wish we were the Eagles. That's one thing they've always been able to do is want the same thing for the same reasons. "
" When I work alone, my process is like painting. With Fleetwood Mac, it's more like movie making. "
" You get to be a certain age - I am 58 - and it becomes tricky not to become a caricature of yourself. "
" All of my style came from listening to records. "
" I'm in the position where I don't have to make commercial music to feed myself, so I have the luxury of being more experimental, if that's what I choose to do. I guess I've earned the right by being in the business for a while and paying the dues and taking the lumps. "
" You just get out there and be what you want to be. That's part of evolving and part of staying true to yourself - part of remaining alive in a real authentic, long-term sense creatively: not listening to what other people tell you to be. "
" When I work alone, and I'm in my studio, and I'm playing a lot of the stuff myself, I think the style of it becomes something a little different. "
" I have an amazing wife and three beautiful children, and that certainly makes you less obsessive about your art as a musician - which I've always felt was more like painting than anything. "
" There is a lot of pressure to top yourself... to come up with a 'Rumours II,' and that seemed like a trap. "
" There have been several occasions during the course of Fleetwood Mac over the years where we've had to undermine whatever the business axioms might be to sort of keep aspiring as an artist in the long term, and the 'Tusk' album was one of those times. "
" This time, there were no drugs involved. The hours were completely normal daytime hours. I think we were able to appreciate the interplay, where before we had taken it for granted. "
" I'm trying to break down preconceptions about what pop music is. "
" I feel like fifteen years with Fleetwood Mac was like working on my thesis, doing research for some kind of paper. "
" I don't practice per se. I learned to play on my own, taught myself how to play. I've never really had a lesson, and I don't read music. So all the stuff that I do doesn't come from the normal set of disciplines that they teach you where you sit down and run through scales for a particular number of minutes a day. "
" 'Big Love' was originally an ensemble song, but it's done now as a single guitar piece. "
" Arcade Fire seems to be doing very well; certainly, Phoenix is doing very well. "
" I'm also married for the first time, and I have two kids. So there's some kind of good karma right now. "
" When I was in a band after high school and in college, I didn't even play the guitar. I played the bass because I couldn't play lead, and I didn't have the gear. "
" You come off the kind of commercial success that 'Rumours' had, and you see that there are limitations to that as well as freedoms. "
" You could say that Fleetwood Mac is a bit of a dysfunctional family, but we are a family. "
" I guess you can look at Fleetwood Mac as the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movies and my solo career as indie films. "