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I've been asking myself: 'Why put together these things - CDs, albums?' The answer I came up with is, well, sometimes it's artistically viable. It's not just a random collection of songs. Sometimes the songs have a common thread, even if it's not obvious or even conscious on the artists' part.
It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most. Singers, like Frank Sinatra and myself, we interpret the songs that we like. Not unlike a Shakespearean actor that goes back to the greatest words ever written, we go back to the greatest songs.
Harry Connick, Jr.
The problem as you get older is, from my perspective, after a certain amount of songs, you tend to start writing something and then you stop and say, 'Wait, I think I've written that before.'
'Urban Renewal' was sweet because I've been - unfairly, I would say - plonked in the middle of the road because of a handful of songs. It came at a good time for me, because you do take a bit of a browbeating and, as you get older, you become better at accepting it and realizing why it happens.
I don't believe songs that try to say everything in a simple slogan.
The reason I do interviews is because I'm protecting my songs.
It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer. We didn't work together on a creative level and prepare the songs. I did that.
There were songs I would write about breaking up with somebody before I broke up with them, months and months before I broke up with them.
It's a big flash of all these things and whatever you take out of that statement's one statement, one mind, one statement, one act, one show, and all the songs are one.
I use God in my songs a lot but I don't have a relationship. I don't know what that means.
I think sometimes all you need is to hear someone else say the same thing that you're going through to realize that you're not alone. I try to put some sense of hope into the songs, into whatever the situation is so that it's not just dirt, drudgery and a life of misery.
I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
My favorite songs to sing have always been songs about regret. I don't know why that is, but to me, that's country music.
Every single band in the world has these gigantic songs that people are obsessed with.
When I say I don't have to write pop songs anymore, there's no way I'm going to get on the radio at 60 years of age unless I'm doing a duet with Gaga or I was on 'All of the Lights,' which was a Kanye West record that managed to get on the radio.
I would never put my songs in a commercial.
I have done a bit of recording and the songs are available on iTunes, and I've got some nice comments. It's something I enjoy doing, but I'm not looking for a singing career any time soon. As long as one person gets enjoyment out of it, I'm happy to make it available.
Every single song I've ever written is sung by a character created by somebody else. Some might have a jaundiced view of love, some don't. But none of these songs is me singing - not a single one.
Writing songs about fancying people in dance clubs is all very well but it's not the be-all and end-all. There are other topics.
I can't remember writing any of the songs that I've written.
I became famous, I think, really because of the interpretation of other people's songs, way back when, and that's what I enjoy the most. And I'm a lazy bugger.
Songs used to be short, then they became longer, and now they're getting shorter. But otherwise, music is about a beat and a message. If the beat gets to the audience, and the message touches them, you've got a hit.
Some guys record an album with songs that are filler. I recorded this album like it was my last.
Surfers were the ones who named all my songs. They'd yell out the names, and we just kept 'em.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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