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" A lot of times when you're making a record, you put your head down and charge forward until you're done. You just hope that the ideas hold up, because you're kind of lost in your own storm. "
" In Americana, the facts and the dreams seem to be all the same to me. "
" I don't like overt traditionalism. "
" I could never be a movie star and get up at 7:30 to be at someone else's studio. "
" I think the world of Chuck Berry. "
" We need to have a taste factor in our life. It isn't about what's popular; it's about what's really good. "
" I remember from my earliest years people speaking, you know, in a certain kind of rhythm and telling stories and sharing experiences in a way that was different in Indian country than it was other places. And I was really struck by this and obviously very affected by it, because it's always come out in my songs. "
" Musical revolutions, I don't know how many I've been through. "
" I'm always optimistic. "
" It's extraordinary that revolutions taking place around the world were sparked by communication on the Internet. "
" When I was younger, I thought I was too young to really be personal. I thought that what I was feeling and thinking might be half-baked. "
" I admire those old road dogs, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan. That's their life. "
" Some bands today have the experience of really working together and honing their craft. And other bands are very much like, 'I just got a guitar for Christmas, let's start a band.' And you can hear the difference. "
" Some people love some music, and they hear it a year later and they think, 'What was I thinking?' "
" I like to work on records when I feel inspired, not because it's expected of me. "
" The kid at 9 or 10 who knows who Billie Holiday is... that's the coolest thing ever. "
" I love the idea of having a kid who says, 'Yeah, of course I knew about Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash when I was nine years old.' "
" There's something so healthy about young people speaking up in unity. "
" I thought of a lot of people from the same era when I was making a lot of records that had continued making a lot of records. A lot of it didn't seem terribly inspired. "
" My mother was a Mohawk, born and raised on a reservation, and when I was a kid, she would take me there to visit her relatives. "
" I'd always thought Cage's 'Root of an Unfocus' would be great in a movie. "
" A lot of people from my generation can't write songs anymore, or it's really hard and it's an unpleasant experience. I don't feel that way at all. "
" Cowboys had guitars. And they sang country 'cause they lived in the country. "
" Working on 'The Last Waltz' introduced me to Martin Scorsese, and I had been a movie bug since I was a young kid. "
" It's easy to be a genius in your twenties. In your forties, it's difficult. "
" It's a bit of a sore spot, the Thanksgiving in Indian country. "
" The native music of North America, the original-roots music of this country, is also the underworld music of this country. "
" Music isn't necessarily made to last, and there's always been disposable music. "
" Sixteen years on the road is long enough. Twenty years is unthinkable. "
" There's a bookstore in New York where you could buy scripts, and I got addicted to them because they were easy, quick reads... and the pictures were so vivid. "
" After the 'Last Waltz' concert, it just seemed very healthy to me to put making a record as far out of my mind as I possibly could. "