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Born: 1945-05-27
Profession: Musician
Nation: Canadian
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I wear my shadows where they're harder to see, but they follow me everywhere. I guess that should tell me I'm travelling toward light.

Tags: Follow, Light, Tell

A sane person doesn't think war is a good idea.

Tags: Good, Idea, War

All I ever thought was, 'I'm going to do this as long as I can, and if I can't get paid at it, I'll be a bum doing it.' And so, here I am.

Tags: Here, Paid, Thought

I can't imagine my life any other way than it's been.

Tags: Imagine, Life

I remember when the idea of living to be 40 seemed absurd.

Tags: Idea, Living, Remember

I woke up one morning with this song in my head, and the opening line of the song is, 'My name was Richard Nixon, only now I'm a girl.'

Tags: Girl, Morning, Song

I'm not a pacifist. I feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't go looking for those things.

Tags: Fighting, Looking, Situations

Since the early '80s, I've found myself in war zones in various parts of the world.

Tags: Found, Since, War

The second half of the '60s really was a kind of learning period, in terms of writing, for me.

Tags: Learning, Second, Writing

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.

Tags: Normal, Trouble, Worse

There are some decision-makers in the world whose version of sanity is a little different from what I consider the right one.

Tags: Consider, Sanity, Whose

There was a lot more music than the size of the place would indicate.

Tags: Music, Place, Size

I did a lot of writing for a lot of different kinds of bands that I was in and out of during those five years and that left me with a little body of songs that I liked better when I played alone, so I ended up going out solo and very soon made my first album.

Tags: Alone, Body, Writing

I like to think that if it hadn't gone as well as it has, if I wasn't able to make a living off of playing music, I would still be playing the music. But, of course, I wouldn't likely have had the opportunity to travel, and a lot of the places have inspired songs.

Tags: Living, Music, Travel

I wanted to play rock and roll when I started playing. Nobody at that time ever thought about songwriting. You sang songs, that's all. You sang other people's songs. That's all there were.

Tags: Rock, Thought, Time

I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.

Tags: Music, Poetry, Time

If I try to understand what it means to be a Christian, I look at the two instructions that were given in the Bible that are paramount, and those are to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. That's it.

Tags: God, Love, Yourself

It sounds strange to say it, but you can be in a war zone and have a lot of fun. Even though war is essentially pain on all sides, human beings have the capacity to enjoy themselves. The soldiers are mostly young people, full of enthusiasm and energy, and that's an exciting thing for an old guy like me.

Tags: Fun, Pain, War