You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day.
When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected.
When it stops being fun, stop.
When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.
When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing.
When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue.
We're kind of defined by our mistakes.
There were some older guitarists on my side of town, and I got to know many of them.
Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.
On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason. On electric guitar I keep basic C, G, D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me.
If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write.
I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments.
I'd better be on the road, or I'll be going nuts. I'm not the kind of guy who sits around with a pipe and slippers watching soap operas.
I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.
I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.
I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.
I like being on the road, living in hotels. While I've got a real nice house, I go crazy when I'm there.
I have always been a sucker for the big, upbeat chorus.
I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.
I don't write on tour. There is so much to do day in and day out when you are on the road.
I don't like looking back.
By the time I did that third solo album, I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned that I liked being in a band.
It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.
Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat the hell out of them and they'll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones.