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You wake up one day and suddenly realize that your youth is behind you, even though you're still young at heart.
You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the rabbit's foot of their particular religion. You don't really have any kind of spiritual law, just a kind of a rabid mental illness. The songs are a little slice of life.
I'm not a pitiable creature. It's just that I suffer very eloquently.
I'm a night owl.
When I came to California, it was the mecca of the world. Every young person on the planet wanted to be here.
I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra.' He gets a bad rap; he's very misunderstood. He's a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.
This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms.
I'm a very analytical person, a somewhat introspective person; that's the nature of the work I do.
I see music as fluid architecture.
I hate show business.
I think I would go further into fine arts, I think, if I were to continue.
Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play. It's very minimal.
I'd had a rough childhood.
The thing that gave me the most pain in life, psychologically, and it gave me tremendous pain psychologically, is man's disrespect for nature.
I'm a method actress in my songs, which is why it's hard to sing them.
Eventually, with success, I started to feel more and more isolated - like I didn't have a community of artists.
It's in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Curie's birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation. That's why I like Charlie Parker.
I've got 50 different tunings in the guitar.
When you're trying to pass on the best of the stuff you're culling to what should be a hungry culture but you have it diminished... that's kind of disappointing.
We managed to put together a compilation that had some creativity to it. In the meantime I was listening to the free radio stations and I noticed that during their war coverage they were playing these songs born out of the Vietnam War that were all critical of the soldiers.
My name had gone stale, and no matter how progressive I got, it was my time to die.
Nobody understood The Reoccurring Dream, but after September 11, when we were coerced to do a national duty and go out and shop, surely people could begin to see what I was getting at.
I have one piece of music, since 1997, and I don't see it having lyrics. Where does it go in this world? So I haven't recorded it.
I can't remember anything I ever wrote.
With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again.
There was this mountain village in Russia where my music was getting in on some German radio station. I remember this because music used to get up to Saskatchewan from Texas. Late at night after the local station closed down.
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