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All audiences should be slightly off balance.
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Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating, and everything becomes a compromise.
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Art was my favorite subject at school, and to me the Who were like an art project.
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As the writer, you're always a presence in the song. If you get close to what human beings are like, you're writing about common experience. We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody, then you've also nailed yourself.
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But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there.
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I have to remind myself not to set boundaries.
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I just like to entertain myself by sitting down and writing songs.
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I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself.
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I like to sit and watch TV while noodling on the guitar, because sometimes your fingers just discover things by themselves.
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I probably wrote three-quarters of the songs without an instrument in my hands.
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I suppose the mindset for a band show is more that you overpower the audience. That sounds rather totalitarian, doesn't it?
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I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking is they don't have anything to do.
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I try to look for the good in everybody, regardless of the way they're labeled.
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I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action.
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I want people to come to my music without prejudice. I want them to get the music first. And who I am isn't that important. If they like the songs to me that's a good thing.
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I'll try to imagine something and see what happens. But it usually winds up being about something fairly concrete and close to home.
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I'm always making a conscious effort to be viable and accessible.
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I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me.
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Imagining playing the guitar is a slightly looser thing than playing it. You can hear more things sometimes. The fingers of your imagination aren't quite as hidebound as your real fingers.
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It's amazing what some people read into songs.
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It's an honor to have this job and, to me, the greatest thing is to be up on stage and to feel that connection with an audience.
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It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something.
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It's hard to tell where one tour ends and the next begins. I'm generally touring most of any year. I'm just generally out there doing it.
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People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.
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The best thing you've got going for you is individuality.
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The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records.
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There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now.
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To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.
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Well, first of all it's entertainment. That stops us becoming too pretentious or thinking we're great artists.
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What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it.
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When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience, you really are a man without any clothes on. And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are, I suppose. I quite enjoy it.
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You want the audience to be uncomfortable.
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