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" The best feeling I ever get is when I finish a song, and it exists, and it didn't exist before, and now it's there, and it makes me feel a certain way. "
" I remember having to quit school and quit my job. I just sort of moved all my stuff into other people's places. Within, like, six months, I was able to earn enough money from touring to rent a place again. "
" 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. "
" The only thing major labels can really offer is money. "
" 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. "
" You can do a lot to shape the feeling of a song by the way you record it. "
" I'm proud that with 'Bright Eyes' we've always experimented and tried to make a different record every time out. "
" I've cried, and you'd think I'd be better for it, but the sadness just sleeps, and it stays in my spine the rest of my life. "
" It's glorious to be able to go onto the Internet and hear any kind of music anywhere, from anywhere, and get it instantly. But there's also something glorious about having a record with a sleeve and looking at the artwork, putting it on the turntable and playing it, there's still something romantic to me about that. "
" 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. "
" We must memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul. "
" 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. "
" My main thing is just to keep writing. I've been doing some songwriting that's for my own record, I suppose. "
" I'm very interested in writing - it just takes so much discipline, whether it's short stories or novels. "
" 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. "
" A boycott is, inherently, a blunt instrument. It is an imperfect weapon, a carpet bomb, when all involved would prefer a surgical strike. "
" So much of listening to lyrically driven music is projecting your own feelings and experiences into the music. "
" No lies, just love. "
" With science and reason throughout history, what people believed turned out to be false. So I like to keep an open mind to all perspectives and learn and become more fully realised as a person. I just feel we're never going to know what the full picture is. "
" If there's a song that stops meaning anything to me, then I'll quit playing it. "
" There's all body types, but there's just one size. "
" 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. "
" I always embrace the worst-case scenario. "
" 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. "
" Although Omaha is my birthplace and the place I grew up, I don't see myself spending extended amounts of time there. I feel almost more comfortable and more at peace in New York. "
" You can only really understand good if you have bad, so the idea of heaven or anything that happens for eternity, even if it's nice, I can't imagine it being nice forever. Even the idea of forever is kind of ridiculous, which is unfortunate because it's kind of a nice thing to say, you know. "
" 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. "
" There's a very fine line between one person's reality and another person's fantasy. "
" I kind of go in waves with reading. Sometimes I read all the time, and sometimes I can't get settled enough to focus. "
" I try to keep the idea that there's an audience in as little space in my mind as possible, but you can't erase it entirely, the idea that when you're sitting down to write a song, people are going to hear it. "
" The first music I ever got into was the '80s alternative bands that my brother listened to, like The Cure and The Smiths and R.E.M. and Fugazi. I can remember specifically saying The Cure was my favorite band back in second grade. "