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Almost everything The Beatles did was great, and it's hard to improve on. They were our Bach. The way to get around it may be to keep it as simple as possible.
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As soon as you compete, as soon as your envy is inspired - you're in a destructive rather than a creative frame of mind.
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At different times in my life I met God from a different point of view.
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Because in this age of mechanical reproduction, where we're able to copy and distribute music on a moment's notice, the less valuable the copy becomes, and the more valuable the live thing becomes. I've really begun to appreciate the extraordinary value of the fleeting live moment.
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But I did start young, yes. I've been producing records for 27 years now. That's pretty good, right? - without having a hit.
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But my point is these Civil War songs were gruesome. The hatred that's so bad in this country today, and for the past 10 or 15 years, bad as it is, is nothing compared to the kind of things people would write down and sing back in the Civil War.
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Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business, probably everything in all the United States or in all of western civilization, is about competition.
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From an early age, I knew I wasn't as good as the other things I was hearing, but I was always trying to get there.
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I figured out early on what I wanted to do.
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I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.
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I love loud music. I listen loud, and that's part of how I've learned how to do this. Record softly and play back loud and a whole other thing happens.
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I made a few records here and there by default, but I wasn't ever comfortable in that role. I wasn't comfortable on stage. We'll see how it goes this time.
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I naturally wanted to be saved, so when I came home I told my mom I wanted to be confirmed. That's the way I related to it, being raised an Episcopalian. I went to Dallas and got confirmed.
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I think we in the Alpha Band, which was a strange group anyway, weren't dealing with any of these issues. They sneaked up on us and took us over, before we know what was going on.
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I want to write songs and play them for people - live.
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I'm not going to get in to an argument with anyone about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity, and what it means for a Jewish kid to be a Christian - I'm just not interested in that argument.
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I've seen a study in the last year that digital sound actually induces stress in the listener.
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If it is true that we have a personal relationship with God, then that's enough for me.
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In other words, I'd say the whole story of Bob Dylan is one man's search for God. The turns and the steps he takes to find God are his business. I think he went to a study group at the Vineyard, and it created a lot of excitement.
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It's also ironic that in the old days of tape and tape hiss and vinyl records and surface noise, we were always trying to get records louder and louder to overcome that.
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My original idea was to produce and not make records myself.
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No, but I did start when I was young.
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Now, when there's no longer surface noise and you actually have the ability to have the most extraordinary dynamic range, people aren't using it. So on my records, I'm always fighting against that. I'll do whatever it takes, old or new technology, to get the sound I hear in my head.
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One of the problems with digital is that they brick wall - limit it right up to the highest peak and remove all dynamics, and that makes it fatiguing.
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Record companies are in competition, magazines and newspapers are in competition, radio stations are in competition, record stores are in competition.
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Still, records are documents of a period of time. Most records are documents of two or three years, and I just approached it as a record I was doing over a 20-year period of time.
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The record business is dangerous to the health of bands and individuals, which is something I'm just now learning. But it's not dangerous in any of the ways people think; it's not that they try to make you compromise your art. That's not the problem.
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Well, I've never really settled on a style, and I've also never really been part of the mainstream, so most of my songs don't sound tied to an era.
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You know, the thing that struck me about Civil War music was how bloody it was; it was full of hatred. There was incredible vitriol in it.
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