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" I wouldn't go into the studio if I didn't have a band who's ready, willing, and able. "
" Even if I'm writing music, it's with a lyric in mind, to communicate some kind of feeling. "
" I was just a folk singer. I cut my teeth on the streets, you know. "
" I don't need to control anything. Even with romantic partnerships, I don't need to control anyone. "
" I write for myself, and I write for my friends and people who I have a connection with. I try to give some dignity to peoples' lifestyles that tend to be ignored. "
" Thank God we don't know a lot about Shakespeare or Moses or Homer or Lautreamont. These are the best guys we got, and their art is powerful because they're mysterious. "
" I don't think music is my job - I don't think about it that way, because I don't really get paid. There's no paycheck at the end; it's more of a 'whatever is left over' kind of situation. "
" A baseball team is like a band. Because, conceptually, there are no heroes in baseball - there's just the team. "
" When you play with great musicians, whether they're schooled or self-taught, they keep you on your toes. It comes down to people's personalities and individual energies. "
" I grew up in the suburbs and was raised on rap radio, so it took me a long time to stumble upon the acoustic guitar as a resource for anything. "
" I don't think I'm a particularly somber human being. "
" People expect not just songwriters but all personalities to pontificate about their egos - they just wanna see someone talking about themselves constantly. I'm not interested in that. "
" I love songs because by nature they are concise; they sum up. I try to use as few words as possible. It's usually funnier that way, anyway. "
" I've always thought about myself as somewhat of a folk musician. I just write words. I don't think I'm even a musician. I don't play a lot of instruments, not really a soloist or anything. "
" I don't care much about politics. That kind of witchcraft I stay away from because people end up dead. I'd rather die for music. "
" A lot of people don't know what it's like to actually be hungry. I do. I've also slept on the streets. "
" Opinions only carry weight in the second or third person. "
" Sometimes I feel like I finish a song, and there's another song that I have to write in response to that song. Each is like its own separate feeling, its own separate universe. "
" Musicians wake up and create a more loving community by creating heavier music. "
" I've always littered my songs with jokes. You might need to dig a little deeper to find the humor, but I would totally object to being some kind of distraught personality. I've never tried to attach myself to that. "
" Folk art has never been much about politics; it's about action and utility. "
" I just write songs whenever I feel like it, whenever they come to me. "
I Feel Like
" I'm making music with my friends. It's fun. It should be fun. You shouldn't make music if it isn't fun. "
" Lyrics are my racket; music is play - the fluff stuff. "
" It's hard to make out the difference between insults and bad advice. "