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.
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.
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.
I wasnt thinking of the longevity of any of my songs, but I am extremely pleased with the lasting effect.
If I read or listened to critics of our music. I'd have been discouraged a long time ago.
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.
I find it somewhat difficult to write with other people, although it has happened occasionally.
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.
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.
There is a great correlation between music and images.
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.
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 fail to see the issue that will shock the people of this great country of ours into some decisive action.
You know, every year has been fantastic for me, I'm still here, I'm still alive and it's been fantastic.
My parents recognized something in me that they encouraged instead of deflated, and I'll always be grateful to them for that.
I began to realize that photographs, these still images, have a tremendous power to move your soul. They can change your life by what you choose to get out of them, and I started to collect photographs.
I'm curious about life, period.
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