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" I enjoy recording and performing, but it's the songwriting that I love most. "
" The worst thing you can do as an artist is to repeat yourself. "
" When I run into a person or a kid that comes up and gives me the spiel about, 'Hey, I got your record at this time in my life, and it really helped me,' that stuff totally still rings true. If you're standing there talking to someone, it's really easy to tell if they're being authentic or not. And that's great. "
" Life is always surprising to me. When you think it's going to get dull, it never really does. "
" I really believe in the way the energy can consolidate in certain geographical spots. You can find it in a lot of different places, beautiful natural spots, or if you look at Islam or Judaism or Christianity, these ideas of holy places. "
" When you write a song, the goal is not to convey the details of your life. You should write a memoir or something if that's what you're going to do. "
" I think there's so much about Rasta culture that's interesting. Just the idea of preaching one-ness, that we're all in this together. "
" I'm very interested in writing - it just takes so much discipline, whether it's short stories or novels. "
" There's a lot of optimism in changing scenery, in seeing what's down the road. "
" When I would first come to New York on tour, I hated the place. "
" Love's an excuse to get hurt. "
" I read the newspaper online. Mostly 'The New York Times.' I'll still buy papers if I'm getting on an airplane or the tour bus, though. I like physical things. "
" Screaming is bad for the voice, but it's good for the heart. "
" The only thing major labels can really offer is money. "
" Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness. "
" Music is unique because you can get behind enemy lines a little bit, get into people's houses and into their heads, on their stereos, and win hearts and minds. "
" I went right from wunderkind to washed up. Old. Been around too long. That's just the way I feel. That's my internal dialogue. "
" When I was younger, I was somewhat of an idealist. I guess I'm a little bit more of a realist now. I think there's a lot that can be done to make the world a better place, but it's more about choosing your battles. "
" A boycott is, inherently, a blunt instrument. It is an imperfect weapon, a carpet bomb, when all involved would prefer a surgical strike. "
" I find that moving keeps me optimistic, the idea of what's going to be down the road a bit or around the next bend. "
" I try to make all my songs good. I don't ever write one to finish one. A lot of protest songs end up that way, driven by some kind of emotional response. "
" One of my best friends, Mike, had a kid. Just seeing him go through it all was inspiring. It would be so nice to care about someone more than yourself. And Mike is a total delinquent, so if he can do it, I figure I can, too. "
" Art is essentially communication. It doesn't exist in a vacuum. That's why people make art, so other people can relate to it. "
" When I try to explain to people the big influences in my life, or at least when I first started, the most important ones were my friends who were also writing songs and were typically four or five years older than me. "
" When I started writing songs, I was doing it for myself and a small circle of friends. And gradually, over the years, an audience became involved. "
" One of my favorite modern American authors is Denis Johnson. I'm deeply inspired by all of his work - I rip him off constantly. "
" I would prefer to be a little nervous, because when you stop being nervous is kind of when you stop caring. "
" I used to work at a school as a teacher's assistant, and my mom is a principal at an elementary school. I don't know, I think that's a pretty good life, teaching kids. "
" I never camped as a kid, but I really got into camping and sleeping outdoors. I've also done some amazing river floats in New Mexico and Idaho. It's peaceful and awesome. "
" Why are you scared to dream of god when it's salvation that you want? "
" I believe that vinyl will outlast CDs. "