There is something about guitars—maybe something magical—when played right, which evokes past, mysterious, barely-conscious sentiments, both individual and universal.
I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head.
When I play, I very quickly put myself into a light hypnotic trance and compose while playing, drawing directly from the emotions.
The other thing in composition is opening up the unconscious.
I just want to be treated like an average guy.
How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know.
From a social perspective, I am looking for friends, not acolytes.
But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can't explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me.
I was using them as teachers for technique but I was never trying to be a folk.
Well folks, that's about it for the show tonight.
As for fame, it can go to your head and you can become full of yourself.
So I learnt a few country western songs, I bought a chord book, and right away I started writing my own stuff, which nobody else did that, I don't know why.
Well I was on the one hand, the more I played the guitar the more I began to really love the guitar and to love virtually any kind of music that anybody played well on guitar.
Being worshipped is a horrible experience.
I also know that I am not a great technician.
More American young people can tell you where an island that the 'Survivor' TV series came from is located than can identify Afghanistan or Iraq. Ironically a TV show seems more real or at least more meaningful interesting or relevant than reality.
I thought I'd be wasting my time to go to commercial record companies and make demos for them, because don't forget, I was doing what I was doing and nobody understood what I was doing.
See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn't learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot.
Early Bluegrass is my favorite kind of music, not to many people know that.
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