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You see, I don't want to be up there on the stage being me. I don't think I'm that interesting. What I want to do is be the person that's in the song. If I can be the character in the song, then suddenly there's all this strength and energy in me which I wouldn't normally have, whereas if it was just me, I don't think I could walk on stage with confidence.
Kate Bush

All I can do is just remember that William Blake wasn't even published in his lifetime; ya gotta keep creating.
Kris Kristofferson

It's like the only thing that's really yours. Relationships are never yours. Property is never yours. Your body isn't even yours. Music is something that actually is. It's forever, in a way.
Chris Cornell

Do not be trite. Do not be redundant. Do not be afraid to be adventurous- and don't forget the art part.
Stephen Stills

You shouldn't ignore the traditional. You have to know what went on before in order to write a song.
Bruce Cockburn

[The songs] come from real life right to the point where they don't rhyme, and then I make the rest up.
Huey Lewis

"...And his notes are so perfect that, you know, the emotions just hang on them. They just glisten; they just glisten. They have a viscosity where they just stay...on your heart."

Bill Murray, waxing poetic in his interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning today, when describing his love of singing his favorite: Stephen Foster's "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair."

Not weighing in on that song itself, but may I someday compose a song that inspires such a remark!

I would suggest reading every great play you ever admired, and then pretend it was a vehicle for a musical and write songs for it.
Fred Ebb

It's funny, but people still attach a lot of mystery to Bob. I mean, Dylan's just a guy like anybody else, except he's a guy who has something to say, and he has a personality that makes it his own.There's not many people who can walk into a room of 20,000, stare at them, and get their attention. That's not an easy trick.
Tom Petty

The less chords, the better. Wouldn't a one-chord hit song be fantastic?
Howard Harlan

I write rock songs all different ways. If it's a song me and the guys are having some laughs with, I'll cook it up on the spot. If the song's simple enough, we'll just go ahead and try it out on stage as soon as it's written. Then i'll perfect it later.
Frank Zappa

You're up there with your guitar and voice and you will see, unbelievably swiftly, the weaknesses of your own material.
Nick Lowe

Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
Claude Debussy

It's self-defeating for a songwriter to ignore or mask pain. It's sort of the fuel that all this runs on in the first place.
Steve Earle

I don't no what I don't no Lol ... me; and...

"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."

Donald Rumsfeld

I wish I could be who I was before I was me.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins

He who approaches the temple of the Muses without inspiration, in the belief that craftsmanship alone suffices, will remain a bungler and his presumptuous poetry will be obscured by the songs of the maniacs.

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
Steven Wright

The German poet Rilke said,"Good art is born of necessity."
John Hiatt

If I new then, what I no now, everything wood be diff'rent Wink

[I love reading your stuff tsu nami! Gud'stuff, indeed!]

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Andre Gide

"i have nothing to say and I'm saying it and this is poetry as I need it"

John Cage

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

Writers are a cruel lot, aren't they? They just raid life.
Joni Mitchell

The secret of a great melody is a secret.
Dave Brubeck

There's a song for every sin out there.
Lou Reed

I'm different. It's allowed.
David Byrne

I hold to moderation in all things, including moderation.
Ray Davies

What I do for a living is to get people feeling good.
Willie Nelson

If a song is good you can play it softly, and the world will hear it anyway.
Sammy Fain

If a person keeps living he'll run into himself.
Carl Perkins

I've always tied to go against the rules. Rule dive me around the pole. I cold never get n with Cole Porter.
Leo Sayer

If I knew where the good songs come from, I'd go there more often.
Leonard Cohen