Zitat des Tages von James Taylor:
We all have to face pain, and pain makes us grow.
There'll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done.
I think that we're all totally isolated beings and always will be.
I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all. You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and you don't know where your money's coming from.
I don't think anyone really says anything new.
It's a real wrenching thing to go from being a private person to being a public person, especially when you're being autobiographical. But it's what everyone wants - to get everyone's attention, to have your music make a living for you, to be validated in that way.
Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage. That's what it couldn't stand.
It is a process of discovery. It's being quiet enough and undisturbed enough for a period of time so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out, and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way.
People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down.
Americans work a long away ahead of themselves because of the size of the place. To make any impact at all you have to promote yourself with live performances ages before a release.
If the gig's going really well, I'm incredibly happy on stage and really feel good about my life and things.
A concert is always like a feast day to me.
Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing, but I just am not ready.
Bruce Springsteen's a rock star. Elton John is a rock star. I'm a folk musician. Honestly, I think that's true.
I'm looking forward to being able to retire from being a public figure and being able to afford to be myself!
It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn't there before.
You have to choose whether to love yourself or not.
Photographers and reporters are mostly after me. They want to know what I read and what I'm like and I don't really know myself, so how can I tell them?
If you feel like singing along, don't.
Certain things in life are more important than the usual crap that everyone strives for.
It's hard to find a way forward. When you're 18 it happens in huge chunks every day, but after 20 years, growth is much more costly.
I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness, and they like it when they feel the connection between themselves and someone else.
It's a real wrenching thing to go from being a private person to being a public person, especially when you're being autobiographical.
It's probably foolish to expect relationships to go on forever and to say that because something only lasts 10 years, it's a failure.
Somehow it helps just to take something that's internal and externalize it, to see it in front of you.
Once you get that two-way energy thing going, everyone benefits hugely.
What I've always done as an entertainer is try to come up with things that people will find interesting, or compelling, or humorous.
When I cleaned up some 17 odd years ago, I felt terrible for about six months. The only thing that gave me any real relief was strenuous physical activity.
The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Grammys because I don't see the music world as a competitive sport.
To me, very much of what is artistic is people's very creative and inventive ways out of impossible situations.
Music is my living. I enjoy selling my music.
I was a functional addict.
If I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it - getting clean.
If you think my music is sentimental and self-absorbed, I agree with you.