Melodies are just honest. They can only be what they are. Words have the capacity for deception. Theyre all full of subtext, and some of them are cliche and overused and vernacular. Theyre tricky. All I can say is, words are tricky.

— Andrew Bird

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You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen.

It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I’m going, or when I’ve lived in a place so long that there’s no chance I could possibly get lost.

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I've done my share of busking, and it's fun until it isn't.

There are musicians in the subways that will make you cry, they're so good.

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I guess I'm attracted to more archaic words because they can be imbued with more meaning, because their definition is elusive.

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My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history.

I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest.

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When I start asking my friends, "What do you think this means?" And it leads to way more interesting conversations than what it actually ends up meaning in the dictionary. Like "apocryphal," for instance.

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I think when I was pretty young I got really into the tone of my instrument and I remember just playing one note for an hour to just kind of feel the resonance of the violin.

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All the folks I play with come from jazz backgrounds or at least appreciate spontaneity within the parameters of a pop song.

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A good espresso to me is a little bit salty;

you just become used to a good taste. Anytime I go into a new place and they don't clean their machine properly or the water temperature isn't right, it tastes awful.

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Anyway, I'm digressing, but this is just kind of this 10-and-a-half-minute, ambient - you hear cicadas and birds and the wind outside and crickets as I'm swelling the piece. I could never do that on a pop record. I could, but why would I want to be agitating?

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I've always had levity in my songs, so I like to turn things over, twist them around, and make fun of myself.

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I'm a terrible Scrabble player.

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I really like the sound of analog things where clearly there's something being touched. You can sense that something is handmade. So much with digital, there's a disconnect.

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About Andrew Bird

Quotes 99 sayings
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

A day off after a show with no agenda in a foreign city is about the most fertile creative situation I can imagine. Just walking with nothing to do, killing time and hearing the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar place.

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The anti-aging advert that I would like to see is a baby covered in cream saying, 'Aah, I've used too much'

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The earth almost looks like it's packed down and dense from so many feet treading over it.

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Sometimes I think I don't have much choice in the matter.

It's just what happens, and I'm following my instincts the whole time.

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I really believe there's more honesty in one live show than there may be in my whole output.

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The idea of writing songs because you're depressed and you need to communicate it somehow, that isn't really true for me.

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I haven't had that many people onstage for a while, and I'm looking forward to that. They're all such creative musicians in their own right. They're all complete individuals. They're not just a pick-up band. They all have their own thing going on.

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I just pay attention to what's in my head. That's my number-one rule.

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I am, in some sense, a writer. Even though I kinda downplay the word thing, I do enjoy writing sometimes.

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I create little challenges for myself, like, 'Okay, whatever you do in this song, you've got to somehow work in Greek Cypriots,' or something like that.

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The instrumental record is a bit subtler.

It's the kind of stuff on sound check, when I first pick up my violin and start to play, the kind of melodies that just pour out of me. Some of them sound very classical. Some of them sound experimental, polyrhythmic loops that I make.

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What you see with your eyes when you're making music is going to have a profound effect on what you hear.

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It's not set in stone. I like to keep it rolling and changing, and so I am like, "Great, I get to remake my song."

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Some of my earlier songs are kind of more about mental illness.

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I think any songwriter or record, no matter how good it is, can become tedious if it's the same person's point of view. After four tracks, you start to get worn down no matter how good it is. It can be relentlessly good, but it's still going to wear you out.

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The weirdest time is when I'm having to explain myself all day to journalists, and then I don't perform, so there's no release, just a lot of self-consciousness. Then what do you do with that at the end of the day? How do you release your brain from talking about yourself all day?

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Every time I make a record, it's kind of like scarification or something.

You work 15 hours until you're stupid. You're just kind of all jittery.

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I still play solo shows. And some of those shows are still some of the best, most gratifying shows.

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I still kind of believe this absurd line that if you have to write it down, it's not worth remembering.

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Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound. It's not trying to replace a band, per se. It's become a completely different thing. And it's not just simply an effect. It's just a very surprisingly intuitive thing.

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Pretty much any given day, barring some major distraction, I get melodies coming to me. Lyrics don't come quite as easily. So I've been inventing little projects and challenges to sort of kick my ass with the lyrics.

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Songwriting requires some sort of ceremony to even get the process started, and it can be somewhat arbitrary.

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I've literally opened it up to suggestions and it's totally chaotic and kind of a bad idea. You don't need the actual feedback to get a sense. When you're showing a song for the first time, people can feel that newness.

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Every time I get up in the morning, melodies occur to me and I start trying to shape lyrics to melodies.

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I also don't believe that "everything happens for a reason," which is in a similar category of world-views.

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I didn't have the patience for the research, or anything like that.

I just like how it sets the imagination off. It's just an area that's very fertile for great words. Great metaphors, potentially.

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There's kind of this unequaled thrill of playing a half-finished song, it's kind of sense of slight embarrassment; like you're blushing. I like doing that. I did that with "Eyeoneye" and it was almost a curse on the song for a while; I debuted it when it was half-finished in a very public way

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Well, my main instrument is violin, but I think of myself as a songwriter who happens to play violin.

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There's always a tension between wanting to write a really concise, instant gratification type song that gets under your skin the first time you hear it, and wanting to really stretch out. I think it's a healthy tension.

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I'm into lately being a little less precious about writing and being like, "Okay, what if I just locked myself in my room, pretend that there's someone outside with a gun that's saying, 'Don't come out until you write something.'"

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There's a lot of interesting words, nomenclatures, in science.

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People who are thinking about your music almost as much as you are, that almost never happens.

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I write a lot more when I'm happy, because you're hopeful, you're motivated.

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What you see at the Field Museum is only like, 10 percent of the collection.

It's birds of paradise and passenger pigeons and in all these drawers that pull out, these specimens come out and it's spectacular. And it worked out.

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I have some irrepressible pop impulses to write an appealing, concise song.

And I also have some irrepressible kind of restlessness as well, and I need to keep myself interested. When I'm left to my own devices, there's a struggle.

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With digital sound just becomes simply information, not the sum of its parts.

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If something gets under my own skin, and keeps reoccurring, it starts to take on a certain weight and value, and I think, "I have to put this in the song. I have no choice but to mention Greek Cypriots in this song." It's a little internal challenge to myself. Like creating little imaginary rituals in yourself to help the song go from nonexisting to existing.

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