Life is not perfect. It never will be. You just have to make the very best of it, and you have to open your heart to what the world can show you; and sometimes it's terrifying, and sometimes it's incredibly beautiful, and I'll take both. Thanks.
Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions.
When I was born in 1942, World War II was still going. And I began to realize when I became a young adult that if we don't teach our kids a better way of relating to their fellow human beings, the very future of humanity on the planet is in jeopardy.
Teach your children well...and feed them on your dreams...Don't ever ask them why. If they told you you would cry. So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
There really is a kind of insane beauty around us all the time. It's just a question of learning to slow down, take a deep breath and meet the moment.
Teach your children well, so they don't live in off-campus group houses and throw loud parties while I'm trying to sleep.
I still have an insane drive to create and express myself, and it'll never stop because I don't know how to stop it.
I've been a photographer all these years... I haven't been in my own darkroom for 10 years.
Just with the basic one guitar, one piano and one vocal and an audience, I think that the intimacy comes through more. People feel much more connected to the song because there's nothing in the way, and I actually enjoy doing that.
Being in a different band always brings great musical experiences to be able to draw on.
If every human being disappeared off the face of the earth in an instant, the earth would still keep spinning and the planet would develop new life forms.
With Crosby, Stills and Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young...we're very strong individuals, and we want our lives to be led the way we want them to.
Do you know anybody under 25 that gives a damn whether you marry a man if you're a man or if you marry a woman if you're a woman? No.
Wealth and fame can only be so important in the face of musical magic
The Hollies, after I left in 1968, had the audacity, the gall, to have three number one records after I left. Thanks a lot, guys.
If I read or listened to critics of our music. I'd have been discouraged a long time ago.
I wasnt thinking of the longevity of any of my songs, but I am extremely pleased with the lasting effect.
There are always new things to experience, internalize then write about. This process is ongoing with me. It never stops. The opportunity to reach new audiences with all of the music that we have made is thrilling.
One can't deny what has happened to us in the past. The secret is to enjoy and be proud of the music we've created and the people with whom we have been linked. It's all a long chain of involvement in the world, and we are proud to be yet another link in this chain.
We can't forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us.
After six or seven performances of any song, you begin to perform it rather than feel it.
All the signs were right. And when I mean all the sings were right, the only signs that we care about when we start a project of making a record is, do we have the songs - it's that simple.
I find it somewhat difficult to write with other people, although it has happened occasionally.
I fail to see the issue that will shock the people of this great country of ours into some decisive action.
I don't have to ask anyone's permission to do anything. It's nice not have to get decisions out of three, sometimes four people, which can be like pulling teeth. So the amount of control that I have over what I'm doing is better for me as a solo artist.
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