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I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck.
My songs are just little letters to me.
It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that's not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
'Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.
Most of my songs are about Jesus. Most of my songs are about the idea that there is salvation, and that there is a Savior. But I won't mention his name in a song just to get a cheap play.
For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.
People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.
I write most of my own lyrics for my album and I am helping to produce some of the songs as well.
I put myself into character for my songs.
In the Top 40, half the songs are secret messages to the teen world to drop out, turn on, and groove with the chemicals and light shows at discotheques.
The most despairing songs are the most beautiful, and I know some immortal ones that are pure tears.
Alfred de Musset
A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.
For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano, and I never really played them again.
I'm always in that mode - whenever I have a little free time, I'm always recording songs, writing, whatever I gotta do. It's like my job is my vacation.
Yeah, if someone's selling downloads and collecting money for our songs I would be unhappy about that but if they're trading it I don't mind, obviously if I make a thousand records or CDs or whatever, I like to sell a thousand.
It's great to be able to get up there now and do an hour or 75 minutes of songs they're familiar with.
I appreciate the additional additives and preservatives that help sell a project, but I'm sticking to what works best for me. I gotta sell the album live on stage and make people believe in the songs.
Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you.
But to make a holiday record that involves favorite American songs and then also get to sing about Jesus birth, it just seemed like a real easy, subtle way to combine a couple of things that I love.
Before, I was terrified on stage. I only play guitar during the acoustic songs. After a while, you can elicit certain responses from the crowd, like Elvis.
I'll have to get people to write songs for me right now until my own writing comes around.
Songs don't just come out of the air. They take time, but it's good fun, too. Maurice gave me encouragement.
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