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I don't find the business easy. The moment you start talking about the business, you start sounding like someone in Spinal Tap.
I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me. I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.
I think the people who did well, or are happy, in a youth industry, they define themselves out of the business after a decade or so.
This constant pressure from record companies to come up with a hit single or something like that, I find completely tiresome.
I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
In the past, so many of my records, really, have been sketches for records that never really got made.
In theory, I'd like to work in a group. But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians in them are long since dead.
On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
Even if you're specific about the character of the song, it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.
I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect. There is something absurd about these gloomy young men getting together and banging away.
I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them. Roger was very important, I thought, his contribution. And so was Rick's organ playing. It was a good band. It became something else completely, obviously.
If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it, you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once. And hope that the experience you have makes up for the some of the diminishing energy.
My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.
People are quite shocked when you remind them that Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song that they recorded in their lives, as far as I know.
There are people I would like to work with. It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway, and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate. So I tend to stick to my own thing.
There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.
When there is a voice in a piece of music, we tend to focus on the voice. That is probably something from when we were babies and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.
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