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As for fame, it can go to your head and you can become full of yourself.
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As for the source of the music, I believe it comes from the unconscious; that there is no such thing as talent.
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As soon as the groupie finds out that you make errors in everyday life like everybody else does and that you are human, they turn on you and hate you.
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Being worshipped is a horrible experience.
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But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can't explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me.
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But when I come off stage, I do not want adulation, I do not want to be worshipped.
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Early Bluegrass is my favorite kind of music, not to many people know that.
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Everybody else was just trying to copy folk musicians, I wasn't trying to do that.
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From a social perspective, I am looking for friends, not acolytes.
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How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know.
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I also know that I am not a great technician.
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I do not even laugh at this like others do because the relationship between entertainers and groupies is pathological.
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I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head.
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I just want to be treated like an average guy.
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I know many inferior guitarists who are very proud of the fact that they are as good as they are, when in fact they are only moderately good.
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I thought I'd be wasting my time to go to commercial record companies and make demos for them, because don't forget, I was doing what I was doing and nobody understood what I was doing.
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I was using them as teachers for technique but I was never trying to be a folk.
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In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am playing emotions and expressing them in a coherent public language called music.
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In the music I was composing I was trying to express my emotions, my so called negative emotions, which were depression, anger and so forth.
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Most musicians I know cannot open up.
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Oh, 1962. The music scene was so bad that several of us decided to come out to Berkeley and take over the folk music scene here.
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Regarding fame, fortune and Oregon I do wish I had more money.
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See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn't learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot.
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So I learnt a few country western songs, I bought a chord book, and right away I started writing my own stuff, which nobody else did that, I don't know why.
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So I was really composing for full orchestra and of course I didn't know enough chords or harmonies yet but I came up with some interesting stuff.
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So what I do is this - when I go to the venue, I become the entertainer John Fahey.
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So when people ask me how good I am, I usually cop to being brilliant, even better than that, but short of genius.
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The other thing in composition is opening up the unconscious.
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They are too focused on the audience rather than on their own emotions, or they are too focused on technique or perhaps on both.
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Well folks, that's about it for the show tonight.
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Well I was on the one hand, the more I played the guitar the more I began to really love the guitar and to love virtually any kind of music that anybody played well on guitar.
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Well when I made my first record I thought it would be a good joke to have me on one side, have the lable say John Fahey on one side, and this guy Blind Joe Death on the other side.
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When I play, I very quickly put myself into a light hypnotic trance and compose while playing, drawing directly from the emotions.
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While I recognize in the back of my mind that I am an occasionally brilliant guitar composer and arranger, innovator and player.
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