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" I don't choose the songs; the songs choose me. "
" Grace is what matters in anything - especially life, especially growth, tragedy, pain, love, death. That's a quality that I admire very greatly. It keeps you from reaching out for the gun too quickly. It keeps you from destroying things too foolishly. It sort of keeps you alive. "
" 'Grace' is basically a death prayer. Not something of sorrow, but of just casting away any fear of death. No relief will come - you really just have to stew in your life until it's time to go. But sometimes, somebody else's faith in you can do wonders. "
" The most audacious thing I could possibly state in this day and age is that life is worth living. It's worth being bashed against. It's worth getting scarred by. It's worth pouring yourself over every one of its coals. "
" I don't see people. I don't see men and women at all. When I see them, I see... their mothers and fathers. I see how old they are inside. Like when I look at the president, or anybody in a record company, or a store owner, I may see a little boy behind the counter with the face of an old man. And that's who I talk to. "
" I don't really need to be remembered. I hope the music's remembered. "
" I resent the fact that a parental warning sticker has to be included on an album as cover art. To me that's censorship. "
" Words are beautiful but restricted. They're very masculine, with a compact frame. But voice is over the dark, the place where there's nothing to hang on: it comes from a part of yourself that simply knows, expresses itself, and is. "
" I am very observant of people's character. "
" I once took a ride to the beach in L.A., and all along the shore there were all these so-called jazz places. And I saw these college guys and session players playing this fusion Muzak stuff. It was just a lot of notes, and the more notes they played, the more it kept them from expressing anything. So I came back home and got out my Zeppelin albums. "
" All flowers in time bend towards the sun, I know you say there's no one for you, But here is one. "
" Words are really beautiful, but they're limited. Words are very male, very structured. But the voice is the netherworld, the darkness, where there's nothing to hang onto. The voice comes from a part of you that just knows and expresses and is. "
" I'm lying in my bed, blanket is warm, this body will never keep me safe from harm. I still feel your hair, black ribbons of coal. Touch my skin to keep me whole. If only you'd come back to me. To feel you at my side, wouldn't need no Mojo Pin to keep me satisfied. "
" Music was like my first real toy. I was an only child for a while, and I was alone a lot of the time - and I liked it. I still like being alone. "
" A song just doesn't have verse-chorus-verse. It could just be one line. There are Chinese love songs that you have to learn one melody for a three-minute thing, and nothing ever repeats. I like that. "
" She's a tear that hangs inside my soul forever. "
" You can tell everything from the eyes. "
" I'm sick of all these labels and these manufactured subdivisions of music that don't even exist. And even though I'm pierced myself, I'm sick of everyone equating body piercing with musical courage. If you ask me, it takes a lot more than that. "
" I just let the emotion dictate what the arrangement is. "
" Thinking so hard on her soft eyes and memories of the signs that it's over. It's over. "
" I just want to be a guy with a guitar. "
" The people who raised me musically are my mother, who is a classically trained pianist, and my stepfather. "
" Certain emotions just take you to the notes - being furious, heroic, sad, erotic, when rain comes. "
" I'm always writing and reflecting on life. I want to suck it all in. "
" I want to be ripped apart by music. I want it to be something that feeds and replenishes, or that totally sucks the life out of you. I want to be dashed against the rocks. "