Sometimes when you're writing on a ukulele, you're in a totally new land, rhythmically or melodically.
I think you need a concrete, real-world metaphor to talk about inner life without feeling like a jerk.
I really love music, and I definitely love playing music and getting to be a part of music.
I think, at the end of the day, I have an outsider's heart.
I don't want to be overly philosophical, but I think there are things you earn for yourself as you go.
I travel in a Ford Econoline van with a trailer. So it's not quite so glamorous.
I was thinking about how a playlist is really so inadequate as opposed to a mixtape because it takes seventeen days to really make a mixtape with a homemade cover that you like and that you'd give away.
I wanted to dedicate myself completely to the things that matter to me and let everything else go, and I think that's a really rewarding thing.
I'm a writer, first and foremost, and I sort of take my cues from the songwriters of the '70s, who are talking about what's really important to them.
I'm always kind of surprised how much I'm associated with country music.
You can always boil down the life of a musician to touring, playing, and writing.
France was very opposite of the show-business experience I'd been living; I was anonymous and alone. I wore no makeup, wore the same clothes every day. And I wrote and wrote and wrote.
I think that there are a lot of things that come along with being a musician, but I don't want to whine about them. I don't want to complain about my job.
As much as I love being a singer-songwriter, I love throwing down on stage and letting it all out.
My point of view as a writer has to be a lot more ego-less than just like being some performer on stage with a hairdo.
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