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Keith Urban

Keith Urban

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

“The most important thing is to keep your tastes as open and diverse as possible. I just think that’s paramount to making new music, because new music is almost always about fusion. It’s about a gumbo that we haven’t tasted before because he added three parts of this and one part of that. Wow, who […]

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

| June 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Songwriting wasn’t something I learned. I was going through hell and just said, “You know what? I’m gonna put it on paper.” I was in so much pain, I didn’t know what to do with everything that was coming out of me. As I wrote songs like “My Life,” I was crying. I was crying […]

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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

| June 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

“I get bands that come up to me, and they’ve got all kinds of image. They all look like Good Charlotte. I go, ‘Great image, you look terrific.’ And then I hear the song, and I go, ‘Okay, I get it, you’re angry’ (laughs). I tell them, ‘You’ve got a nice beat and this hook […]

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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

| June 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

I always felt that there was a point you could reach, and then you couldn’t go any further. You could be a British white interpreter of the blues—and I suppose the pinnacle of that would have been Peter Green, in the ’60s—but then how does someone like Peter Green compare to B.B. King? How does […]

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Jewel

Jewel

| June 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

I just heard an old bootleg from around the time I was discovered. I was homeless, singing in a coffee shop, doing five-hour sets of original material. I was so prolific at the time. It’s interesting looking back and asking, “How far has my songwriting come? Where is it going?” I didn’t know any rules […]

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

| May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Artists have never gotten a fair deal, because the industry was not designed for the artist to be rich. It was designed for us to entertain, and for the labels to prosper, because they had to foot the bill for this “lavish life” that we live. Which is, in all honesty, as much of a […]

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Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you have something that’s burning to come out of you, it’ll come out whether you’re on a bus or in a cathedral. But I always say that boredom and fatigue are the two great unrecognized creative challenges—and if the environment’s good, you have a little longer to play before boredom and fatigue show their […]

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Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls

| May 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Amy Ray: I tend to write from a lot of different places, because I don’t like to write more than a few songs about one thing. I get bored easily, so I move around. But I tend to have lifelong things that I touch on. For one record, I kind of—I don’t know—have a short […]

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

I always knew the music was good, I always believed in it and I still do. I think you’re right—I started resenting the fact that a lot of the attention was on the photos. The press started to grab that and go, “Oh, it’s because he’s cute, not because he writes good songs.” A lot […]

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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

This art form can draw out so much emotion and channel it into music. I find it possible to spill beautiful melodies in moments of great despair. A lot of the songs are the result of emotional experiences, sadness and pain, or joy, exulataion in nature and sunshine. From Performing Songwriter Issue 18, May/June 1996-RARE

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