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Paul Simon started piling up a lot of words, more than the bar could handle, and I stopped!
The songwriting was almost like something I did while I was waiting for my daughter to come back.
What I do is unusual: chordal movements that have never been used before, changing keys and modalities mid-song.
I certainly don't want to be an angry old artist.
I conceived in art college at the age of 20, near the end of term.
I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance.
I love to dance.
At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.
My first four albums covered the usual youth problems - looking for love in all the wrong places - while the next five are basically about being in your 30s.
I wanted to paint in a folk-artist-y way. My heroes were Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, and Rembrandt. I think Picasso is about as a modern as I got. But I incorporated things that they rejected as well as movements that happened later.
The Beginning of Survival is my best album. I am very proud of it, and I am surprised at it, too. I thought some of Travelogue was a little heavy, but I don't think this is heavy.
I know my generation - a lot of them, they're getting old now, and they want to think back fondly, they want to kid themselves. A lot of them think, 'Yeah, we were the best.' That's the kiss of death. That's non-growth. And also that's very bad for the world.
People used to say nobody can sing my songs but me - they're too personal.
The coming of the kids hasn't come out in my art yet.
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.
The God of the Old Testament is the depiction of evil.
I do have this reputation for being a serious person.
When I began experimenting, people weren't ready for it. Once it's in its second and third generational stages, people can accept it.
Eventually, with success, I started to feel more and more isolated - like I didn't have a community of artists.
With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again.
I came through folk music simply because it was easy to get into it.
I can't remember anything I ever wrote.
I couldn't see passion as a bad thing.
I hate show business.
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.
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