If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.
I have many friends who are both Mexican and Mexican-American and others who, I guess you would say, are somewhere in between. The ironic thing is that all three of those categories often exist inside of the same family.
To me, a political song is also a personal song. Most political activism has been driven by empathy for other people and the desire for a world that's less divisive. Even if songs aren't overtly political, they can make a listener more empathetic.
I'm proud that with 'Bright Eyes' we've always experimented and tried to make a different record every time out.
Stephen Jay Gould