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#1. I've been writing a lot about my encounter with love. Which is the white stag as far as songwriting is concerned because love songs are so banal, and my experience with love is anything but that. - Author: J. Tillman
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#2. When I was young, I had this contrarian thing, and my music for a long time was an extension of that. I didn't want to entertain people; I had too much vanity to be an entertainer. I think that some layers of vanity came off. - Author: J. Tillman
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#3. There's a lot of risk in putting what you suspect you really are into your music. - Author: J. Tillman
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#4. I play sad bastard music. For the money. - Author: J. Tillman
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#5. My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift. - Author: J. Tillman
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#6. I don't feel any obligation to make my intentions for a song accessible to a listener or an audience. I'm not interested in conveying anything to them so much as what's best for me. - Author: J. Tillman
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#7. You know, there's an economy in lyric-writing that doesn't afford you, or at least me - I usually start off with nine or 10 verses and then boil it down to two or three that are half the length of the original verses. - Author: J. Tillman
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#8. I had this revelation, you are a lot better at the between-song stuff than you are at the song stuff. That was devastating. And I usually find devastating things to be pretty valuable. - Author: J. Tillman
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#9. I would play my Dungeons and Dragons songs and watch people's eyes glaze over, and then I would start joking around between songs, and all of a sudden people were lighting up and engaging. - Author: J. Tillman
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#10. Funny is a good foil. Humor is illuminating, and it also gives you power. - Author: J. Tillman
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#11. If my peers had a significant impact on my music, my music would probably be a lot more popular. - Author: J. Tillman
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#12. I don't think that just because a lot of my music has a quieter aesthetic; [it] excludes me from achieving that in a live setting, from being dangerous or something. - Author: J. Tillman
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#13. I think that providing obstructions in the live setting is when you get something that actually means something, as opposed to just aping your way through your greatest hits. - Author: J. Tillman
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#14. Love is just an institution ... - Author: J. Tillman
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#15. Laurel Canyon is kind of grotesque. It's this nature-themed place, and everybody is kind of angry. - Author: J. Tillman
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#16. It's a vanity to think that a legitimate shamanistic experience can be purchased. - Author: J. Tillman
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#17. With sad music, or music that's perceived as sad, there's a sense of solidarity that can be really powerful. My songs are all joyful to me. - Author: J. Tillman
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#18. I like the freedom of being able to just use the live show as an opportunity to more so deconstruct what's going on in the album than to recreate it. - Author: J. Tillman
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#19. I was kind of bored playing drums in a band. Which was depressing, because playing in the band was kind of a golden ticket. - Author: J. Tillman
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#20. You can't really do anything creative without a source of inspiration. - Author: J. Tillman
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#21. I've never taken the steps to be 'successful': I've never had a manager or signed to a publishing house. - Author: J. Tillman
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#22. I was like, 'Josh Tillman, you are not a songwriter. You are an ape. Stop thinking of yourself as a songwriter.' - Author: J. Tillman
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#23. I guess with the way that I've conducted myself I'm in the logical spot and I'm fine with that. Even my limited interactions with success have left me confused and bummed out, so I don't think the two can co-exist. - Author: J. Tillman
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#24. I try to make myself, and subsequently the audience, as uncomfortable as possible, whether it's completely desecrating a song they thought was one thing, or getting too drunk to really do a very good job. - Author: J. Tillman
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