To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.
The best thing you've got going for you is individuality.
Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating, and everything becomes a compromise.
It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something.
I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking is they don't have anything to do.
I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me.
I try to look for the good in everybody, regardless of the way they're labeled.
But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there.
I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself.
When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience, you really are a man without any clothes on. And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are, I suppose. I quite enjoy it.
I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action.
I'm always making a conscious effort to be viable and accessible.
People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.
There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now.
I want people to come to my music without prejudice. I want them to get the music first. And who I am isn't that important. If they like the songs to me that's a good thing.
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