You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common.
If you forget the words to your own song, you can always claim artistic license. Forget the words to the national anthem, and you're screwed.
Tipping your hat to a lady is good form. If you're at a dinner table, you'd most certainly take your hat off - cowboy hat, baseball hat, or otherwise.
You're saying something with your appearance whether you mean to or not, so you may as well mean to.
The idea that we humans are good-natured, politically correct, nonjudgmental beings is pure fantasy. We are, at the very least, judgmental.
Dad often told me, 'My job is to help my boss do his job and make him look good.' That was my dad's objective. Everything about the way he conducted himself was to communicate support for his superiors and respect for his coworkers. The way he dressed was his starting point in that communication.
In school, I didn't speak up often in class. I was never the person to yell out an answer. If I knew it, I might whisper it to my buddy and let him answer. I kept quiet.
The most important thing you can do as a performer is to be yourself, or be an onstage version of yourself. If you're not being true to yourself, and somebody likes that other version of you, you're kind of stuck.
Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life. That comes through in Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson. There is no separating their life from their music.
It's really a lot easier to write about things that are problematic. Who wants to hear how happy you are?
Fortunately, I've never had a job.
Singing your own songs is all about individual expression.
I don't feel like I'm on a mission. I'm trying to play music that I like to play and like to listen to.
I played guitar when I was young and never really considered it as a way to make a living.
I'm really in no danger of being perceived as a famous movie actor!
I am limited by what I can think of to do-my choices are not so great.
It's important to be successful enough to be able to keep doing what you love.
Both my parents worked, so I was home alone a lot, and I would listen to their records. They belonged to the Columbia House record club, so they had records!
I enjoyed hearing people do their own songs. I became attracted to singer-songwriters. I became interested in them as people; was curious about what they wanted to say.
It's difficult to get started-when it comes to dealing with an unknown quantity, people are reluctant to trust their own opinion. It helps if two or three people give you a boost.
You can't second-guess your audience. You can only do what you think is right. If you do that, your audience will appreciate you.
I've been lucky to be able to make the records I've wanted to make. The record company has never pressured me to cut certain songs.
I've always thought that writing isn't really that hard. It's having a good idea that's hard.
If someone gives you a belt buckle, it's like a piece of jewelry. It has the same sort of emotional significance. It would be something you would intend to keep forever.