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" It's difficult to get started-when it comes to dealing with an unknown quantity, people are reluctant to trust their own opinion. It helps if two or three people give you a boost. "
" As a songwriter, you try your best to write a good song, and you like nothing better than hearing a good song. It's easy to admire a great song, and you want to share out of enthusiasm. "
" I'm really in no danger of being perceived as a famous movie actor! "
" Fortunately, I've never had a job. "
" A woman comes to a table, and you're supposed to get up. Period. But I don't always do it. In general, you're supposed to do it every time. But sometimes you're seated against the wall, and it's awkward. "
" I am limited by what I can think of to do-my choices are not so great. "
" I've never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I've been very happy with my sales, and certainly my audience has been very supportive. I make a living going out and playing shows. "
" Records are very powerful promotional tools to go out and be able to play on the road, but you do have to think about it as a way of sustaining itself at some point. "
" You're saying something with your appearance whether you mean to or not, so you may as well mean to. "
" My parents worked for Exxon, and they gave me every chance to take part in music. I took guitar lessons, and I was in the choir at school. "
" Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life. That comes through in Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson. There is no separating their life from their music. "
" I've always worked with people who have been supporters of me creatively. "
" Helen Hunt is terrific, and I got to do a couple of guest spots with Helen and Paul Reiser on 'Mad About You.' "
" I've gotten to work with some wonderful directors and people who have been great teachers to me. "
" It's really a lot easier to write about things that are problematic. Who wants to hear how happy you are? "
" Horses teach you patience and how to do things the right way so you can get the right result. "
" I enjoyed hearing people do their own songs. I became attracted to singer-songwriters. I became interested in them as people; was curious about what they wanted to say. "
" I played guitar when I was young and never really considered it as a way to make a living. "
" In school, I didn't speak up often in class. I was never the person to yell out an answer. If I knew it, I might whisper it to my buddy and let him answer. I kept quiet. "
" Songwriters aren't always performers, and even performing songwriters aren't always the kind of show-biz performers you think they'd be. "
" Dad often told me, 'My job is to help my boss do his job and make him look good.' That was my dad's objective. Everything about the way he conducted himself was to communicate support for his superiors and respect for his coworkers. The way he dressed was his starting point in that communication. "
" The idea that we humans are good-natured, politically correct, nonjudgmental beings is pure fantasy. We are, at the very least, judgmental. "
" Tipping your hat to a lady is good form. If you're at a dinner table, you'd most certainly take your hat off - cowboy hat, baseball hat, or otherwise. "
" Wear what you want to wear. Do what you want to do. Be who you are. Pick out your own clothes. Be a man. And if that's too much to ask, as it almost always is for me, think of someone you consider to be a man and pretend to be like him. I pretend to be like my dad. "
" It's important to be successful enough to be able to keep doing what you love. "
What You Love
" Women always go through the door first. Even ardent feminists would admit it's nice. It's not an acknowledgment of women as the weaker sex; it's perhaps an acknowledgment of women as the stronger sex. "
" Singing your own songs is all about individual expression. "
" You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common. "
" Growing up, the last thing I ever thought I'd do is be an entertainer. "
" One of my favorite things is when people will ask for a song that I hadn't planned to play. It is really fun to see if you can remember something, and you don't always. I mean, sometimes it's just crash and burn. "
" When I first was trying to play the clubs around Houston to start playing my own songs, songwriters like Eric Taylor and Vince Bell and Townes Van Zandt and Don Sanders were just really encouraging to me and would let me sit in with them during their sets and introduce me to the person that owned and booked the club. "