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" I like the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park. I love how it's been rained on forever and looks worn down by time. "
" 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. "
" The only thing major labels can really offer is money. "
" I've given up trying to understand what people think about me. It seems like a lot of people don't like the music we make and don't know me, or something. "
" Why are you scared to dream of god when it's salvation that you want? "
" I believe that vinyl will outlast CDs. "
" They say it's better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green. "
" In many ways Bright Eyes is really a studio project. We form bands to tour, but it really is - you know, we take the songs and we figure out how to decorate them and it's all in the studio; we build the songs that way. "
" There's all body types, but there's just one size. "
" My family is Catholic. I went to a Catholic school, that kind of thing, so that was my childhood for sure. "
" On good days, I can see the inherent goodness in people, and that human beings have a high capacity to learn and adapt. But things like the environment, nuclear weapons and ideas like peak oil - if you think about them too much, they can really freak you out. "
" Love's an excuse to get hurt. "
" If you think about the concept of reincarnation, it's essentially uploading yourself and your spirit into a new form, a new hard drive as it were. "
" No lies, just love. "
" My main thing is just to keep writing. I've been doing some songwriting that's for my own record, I suppose. "
" So much of listening to lyrically driven music is projecting your own feelings and experiences into the music. "
" To outsiders it probably seems like splitting hairs, but to me, Bright Eyes is a simply the collaboration between myself and Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott. What you hear is definitely the sum of all our ideas and represents all three of us. But I still write the songs myself. "
" I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love. "
" We've all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope. "
" I have many friends who are both Mexican and Mexican-American and others who, I guess you would say, are somewhere in between. The ironic thing is that all three of those categories often exist inside of the same family. "
" When you're 16 or 17, I think like most people that age, the first time you experience certain things in life, whether it's heartbreak or death or love, obviously it's going to seem like a much bigger deal. "
" I think there are some songs that stand the test of time better than others for sure. I think some songs go out of favour; I'll get sick of a song for a while, and I won't play it; then it'll make a comeback. "
" When everything is lonely I can be my best friend. "
" My favorite rhymes are sort of half-rhymes where you might just get the vowel sound the same, but it's not really a true rhyme. That gives you far more flexibility to capture the feeling you're trying to express. But sometimes it's best not to have any rhyme. "
" On every Bright Eyes record, there's some kind of sound collage that begins it. Some of them have dialogue, some don't. I like it because it can kind of slow down the attention span a bit. It's a way to draw you in to the rest of the record. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes I daydream about having a farm and a wife and some babies and watching the grass grow, but you have to meet the right person for that. "
" There's a very fine line between one person's reality and another person's fantasy. "
" 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. "
" There's a major underlying idea as you grow up that you need to just save your money and get that affordable housing at the edge of town where you're away from the city where all the crime happens or whatever. "
" Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my all-time favorite writers. I feel spiritual when reading his words, even though they're translated. I wish desperately that I could read it in its original language. I already feel like I'm going to church when I read him; imagine if I could read it in the original. "