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Born: 1939-02-09
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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You're going to have more rejection than acceptance.

Tags: Acceptance, Rejection

I looked through our catalog year by year, and I saw that there were pockets of time when we wrote some terrific songs. Then all of a sudden, we'd go for another two or three months and there weren't great songs.

Tags: Another, Great, Time

The real danger of writing a great song when you're on something is that it might get you thinking that the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you're high.

Tags: Great, Real, Writing

You've got to really be able to accept the rejection.

Tags: Able, Accept, Rejection

There's so much fear involved in trying to do something you don't know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are.

Tags: Fear, Life, Trying

A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.

Tags: Enough, Guitar, Played

Cynthia's lyrics always expressed the feelings people felt but they couldn't express themselves.

Tags: Feelings, Felt, Themselves

I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.

Tags: Talent, Used, Work

I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.

Tags: Direction, Else, Someone

I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.

Tags: Beginning, Gut, Wife

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.

Tags: College, Studying, Year

I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner.

Tags: Married, State, Writing

I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.

Tags: Fear, Wait, Waiting

I've written songs sober and I've written songs high.

Tags: High, Sober, Songs

If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today.

Tags: Time, Today, Write

If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.

Tags: Exist

If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.

Tags: Good, Life, Team

It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.

Tags: Amazing, Nature, Positive

It's very hard to teach someone how to write a song if to begin with there's no creative crop to harvest.

Tags: Creative, Hard, Someone

It's very important, at least for me and for Cynthia, to get outside input.

Tags: Input, Outside

One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.

Tags: Develop, Possible, Yourself

Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.

Tags: Ability, Innate, Successful

We became the songs we wrote.

Tags: Songs, Wrote

We lived, ate, and breathed pop songs.

Tags: Lived, Pop, Songs

We've written something like 900 songs in all.

Tags: Songs, Written

You can get stale writing with each other for a while.

Tags: Stale, While, Writing
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You have certain writing tools but generally creating something from nothing makes one quite mad and Cynthia and I are quite mad you know.

Tags: Mad, Makes, Writing

You have to be very brave in that first writing session.

Tags: Brave, Session, Writing

A smartphone links patients' bodies and doctors' computers, which in turn are connected to the Internet, which in turn is connected to any smartphone anywhere. The new devices could put the management of an individual's internal organs in the hands of every hacker, online scammer, and digital vandal on Earth.

Tags: Computers, Earth, Put

A world with a sudden limit on air travel would be tremendously different from the one we live in now.

Tags: Air, Limit, Travel

Compared with U.S. cities, Japanese cities bend over backward to help foreigners. The countryside is another matter.

Tags: Another, Help, Matter

Japanese maps tend to come in two varieties: small, schematic, and bewildering; and large, fantastically detailed, and bewildering.

Tags: Japanese, Large, Small

The embrace of a new technology by ordinary people leads inevitably to its embrace by people of malign intent.

Tags: Embrace, Ordinary, Technology

The Japanese are great at inventing complex systems of rules, and not so great at explaining those rules to foreign visitors.

Tags: Complex, Great, Rules

The Japanese drive on the left side of the road. Most streets literally do not have names.

Tags: Left, Road, Side

A whole bunch of big technological shocks occurred when Asian innovations - paper, gunpowder, the stirrup, the moldboard plow and so on - came to Europe via the Silk Road.

Tags: Big, Road, Whole

Historically, large-scale global trade has served two functions: 1) the exchange of goods between willing sellers and buyers described in Econ 101 textbooks; 2) as a tool of state aggrandizement, in which the private parties are stand-ins for governmental interests.

Tags: Between, State, Willing

Major power and telephone grids have long been controlled by computer networks, but now similar systems are embedded in such mundane objects as electric meters, alarm clocks, home refrigerators and thermostats, video cameras, bathroom scales, and Christmas-tree lights - all of which are, or soon will be, accessible remotely.

Tags: Home, Power, Soon

Scientists have established huge numbers of links between particular diseases and snippets of DNA, but in the great majority of cases, this has not yet been translated into treatments that can help cure patients. These treatments will come - tomorrow, or the day after.

Tags: Great, Help, Tomorrow

Smartphones can relay patients' data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.

Tags: Computers, Making, Visit

The way I think of it, economics and ecology occupy two intellectual silos, isolated from each other. Even when they do take each other into consideration, it's not uncommon for ecologists to spout absolute nonsense about economics, and vice versa.

Tags: Economics, Nonsense, Vice
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