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" Around '75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band. "
" We were playing popular music, but we were doing our own arrangements because we were too lazy to sit down and figure out the originals. "
" Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract. "
" If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write. "
" I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there. "
" When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs. "
" I don't like looking back. "
" I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments. "
" I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of. "
" If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for. "
" Timing is everything. "
Timing Is Everything
" I'd better be on the road, or I'll be going nuts. I'm not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe and slippers watching soap operas. "
" I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching. "
" As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand. There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member. "
" I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about. "
" It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords. "
" We're kind of defined by our mistakes. "
" I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not. "
" Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift. "
" By the time I did that third solo album, I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned that I liked being in a band. "
" I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus. "
" When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected. "
" On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason. On electric guitar I keep basic: C, G, D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me. "
" It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head. I think most people have original music playing in their heads from time to time. "
" When it stops being fun, stop. "
" You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day. "
" Once you start thinking about it in a mercenary frame of mind, then you're finished. You're a joke, because there are too many mercenaries out there already. "
" When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue. "
" Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat the hell out of them and they'll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones. "
" Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side of the scale from touring. They balance me out creatively. "
" I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds. "