Tolerance can lead to learning something.
A guilty conscience means at least you have one.
I do like a song that can look good on a page without even being sung. I edit and edit and edit.
But there's got to be an opening somewhere here in front of me. Through this maze of ugliness and greed.
I see myself as a traditionalist ... I like traditional things. I like things of substance and value that have been proven. Conceptually, as the songs started to come together, I followed that lead, which is the language I work in.
I'm waiting for my kids to grow up and get into the Offspring and look at me like I'm a total candy-ass.
My father said it himself in an interview many years ago: 'Husband and wife failed, but mother and father didn't.' I've got a life that really matters to me, and that's because of the way I was raised. My ethics are high because my parents did a great job.
My songs have always had hope and perseverance in them - I never write songs that have no escape hatch, no positivity.
I liked getting the Grammy more than not getting it.
To us, there was Bob Dylan, and there was dad. As for what he meant to other people, that was never glorified in our house. There were no accolades there, no gold records.
Those things interest me a lot in songwriting - the human nature of how people think, and the muck that we wind up in.
I always saw songwriting as the top of the heap. No matter what else you were going to do creatively...writing songs was king
There's only one thing that's certainAnd that's everybody, everybody's hurting
The trouble, dollIs not moving mountains, butDigging the ground that you're on
It doesn't always have a shape,Almost never does it have a name,It maybe has a pitchfork, maybe has a tail,But evil is alive and well.
Its a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
Music is something I really have a need to do - I don't seem to be able to stop
There is trouble in my mind
There is dark, there's dark and there is light
There is no order, and there is chaos, and there is crime
There is no one home tonight, in the empire of my mind
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