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Also, right at that particular time in the music business, because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I'll just say this really quickly - they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.
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And my dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet.
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And some of the songs I wrote when I was really young are some of my best-known songs, and other people still sing 'em, I still sing 'em.
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And that's a kind of censorship that exists in this country, because the sponsors of the television show have the legal right to do that. There was a delay. It went out live to most places, but the United States is eight or nine hours difference, so in that time, they edited it.
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And while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it's seems, It would be easier sometimes to change the past.
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Anyway, that's the thing I'm supposed to be good at - writing songs.
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As far as those kinds of things, I also played at the concert to call for the release of Nelson Mandela when he was a political prisoner in South Africa. We were celebrating his 70th birthday and calling for his release.
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I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
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I love to read. I love to stretch. In the morning, I get up, and if I'm not in a hurry, I will lie on the floor on a rug, look through some books and magazines, and maybe listen to music and try to do stretching exercises to tune up.
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I never was a very good singer.
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I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.
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I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.
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I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.
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I wrote songs about girls that I was interested in when I was in high school. I was at my high school reunion not too long ago, and I saw this girl that I had written a song for, I had literally made her sit and listen to it - it's embarrassing now, because it's a pretty corny thing to do, I guess.
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I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire. He was in the sauna in a house that burned down, so he had no idea anything was going on. It was very sad.
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I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a song that really says how I feel, what I believe - and it even explains the world to myself better than I knew it.
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I've also gotten to play in front of a million people in Central Park when there was a grass roots movement calling for nuclear disarmament - it was about 1982 - they called it Peace Sunday.
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I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing - an extra verse about a friend, or just add some verse - and that led to writing my own songs.
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It was a great time to be born, because I got to have my own publishing company right from the beginning, so I made more money than somebody would have doing what I did ten or fifteen years before.
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Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
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Music itself is a great source of relaxation. Parts of it anyway. Working in the studio, that's not relaxing, but playing an instrument that I don't know how to play is unbelievably relaxing, because I don't have any pressure on me.
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Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes. Musicians are always starving, so they're really mean to each other about who makes what.
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My father was a pianist. While he was not a professional musician, he was very good.
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No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
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Now, guitar was pretty cool. Everybody knew something on the guitar. So I wanted to play guitar, but I told my dad if he wanted me to keep studying something, I'd like to study piano.
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People were learning to play traditional music, folk songs, and that's a big field - that's everything from blues to Appalachian music.
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Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country - this music contained the real history of the people of this country.
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So I gotta tell you that it's been part of a long, slow realization for me that censorship exists in our country.
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So I had a couple of years of playing trumpet. I really enjoyed it, but it was not the kind of instrument you could whip out at a party. Let's face it.
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So I started playing the trumpet, and I lost interest in that and started playing guitar when I was about 12 or 13.
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So what I do, more than play any instrument - I mean, I love to play - but more than that, I write songs. Songs that are about living, about what it's like to be going through all the things that people go through in life.
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That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.
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That's maybe the most important thing each generation does, is to break a lot of rules and make up their own way of doing things.
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The biggest influence? I've had several at different times - but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs.
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The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done.
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We have an open society. No one will come and take me away for saying what I am saying. But they don't have to, if they can control how many people hear it. And that's how they do it.
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When I really started liking music was when I could play some of it myself, and after a couple of years of playing folk music, I kinda rediscovered those hits that were on the radio all the time when I was a kid.
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You can take as much as you can from the generation that has preceded you, but then it's up to you to make something new.
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Jackson Browne Events

The Black Eyed Peas and Friends Peapod Benefit Concert held at the Music Box Theater

2011-02-12

The 2010 Glastonbury Music Festival held at Worthy Farm in Pilton - Performances - Day 3

2010-06-26

2010 MusiCares Person of The Year Tribute to Neil Young - Arrivals

2010-01-29

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