It's hard to make out the difference between insults and bad advice.— Cass McCombs
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I think I prefer singing in falsetto.
I like the way it sounds. It doesn't sound like my natural voice. It sounds like a character.
I project love, music and love, and I pray for peace.
A good song cuts straight to the heart; sometimes it doesn't need to be too many lines - of course, I do love a good story.
If you've ever sang in falsetto, you know that your throat is between your voice and your mouth. In a standard voice, you sing from your belly. And when you sing in a falsetto, you're blocking that. It gives it a filter. It gives it a character. It's less revealing.
I don't like going to the studio. It just seems too cold. There's no crowd to react to, or share anything with; it's just talking into a microphone that's going into a computer.
Usually there's no specific reason for loneliness - it's a broad feeling.
Making music and art is about expressing something that's universally human, maybe even beyond human, at best.
This is rock'n'roll, not classical music. It's about people working together.
I don't have a problem doing interviews.
It's not punishment. There's things about it that I don't like. No one else is really saying these kinds of things, so someone has to. I don't think that it's the most humbled thing to talk about yourself for hours and hours and hours.
I hate my voice. I've never been comfortable singing.
I wouldn't claim to know what another person is thinking.
I can imagine it, but it's my interpretation, and I try to make that clear. It's my vision of what I think their life is. I don't think there are empirical truths in that regard.
If it's possible to have an enemy without making it personal or moral, then that's what I'm trying to do.
I think I like singing when I'm singing live. It's just in the studio when it's a drag.
Loneliness is the most compelling force in the universe.
I have been singing as long as I can remember.
I used to be in choir; I used to do musical theater. I'd prefer not to sing my own songs, but there you have it.
Lyrics are my racket; music is play - the fluff stuff.
People take things a little too personal.
I write these songs, and they're experiments with thoughts. That's it. I'm not a teacher.
Everyone wants to be well-loved and appreciated but, at the same time, there are some people that just don't want to be your friend, and there's nothing you can do or say to change that.
I'm making music with my friends. It's fun. It should be fun. You shouldn't make music if it isn't fun.
I don't think music is my job - I don't think about it that way, because I don't really get paid. There's no paycheck at the end; it's more of a 'whatever is left over' kind of situation.
A lot of religious texts make for good reading. That's why they hold up.
When I was young, I used to go to Baha'i camp, and they taught me a lot about the equality of religions.
I wouldn't go into the studio if I didn't have a band who's ready, willing, and able.
When I'm trying to write a song for someone else, you can only see anything through your own eyes.
Opinions only carry weight in the second or third person.
The writing of the record didn't take long, because I just have a huge stack of papers and I just pluck from the stack. It took a long time because it's very expensive to make records; in fact, I think it's a complete rip-off.
I don't think anyone knows anything and I don't trust people who say that they do. Don't give me a plan, give me action.
I don't really write for an album. I just write songs whenever I feel like it, whenever they come to me. It's all a complete accident.
People just wanna see someone talking about themselves constantly. I'm not interested in that.
Even if I'm writing music, it's with a lyric in mind, to communicate some kind of feeling.
I don't live anywhere, so that's what's fun about tours.
That's the thing about inspiration, it just smacks you upside the head, you can't plan for it. It comes like a stranger in the night; you never know when it's going to come or leave, and you just have to deal with the in-between moments because there's nothing you can really do about it.
It doesn't mean that I'm overly enthusiastic about much music.
Except the people that really touch me. It has to touch me, it has to grab a hold of me, I'm not looking for anything in particular.
It's not like that when you're a songwriter - songwriters aren't like pulp writers or journalists, even. You just follow the muse. It's called muse-ic. Whenever the muse decides to bestow her inspiration on the songwriter, then the song is born.
As long as there are a few people there, I can lose myself, which is the ultimate goal. And that's happening more and more; the non-musical world is becoming less and less interesting to me.
That's what I mean by "Western morality," is the lack of morality.
There is none. People are out for themselves, and they'll stab you in the back.
I've always been interested in an idea of boundless love - an impersonal, big love.
It's the stupidest thing of all time, going on tour. It deteriorates the soul, but it's fun.
It's just a joy to be able to work with a lot of different musicians.
When you play with great musicians, whether they're schooled or self-taught, they keep you on your toes.
This is a transitory world, we're all spirits just looking for love and finding it, and holding on. Even if it's a moment it's true love, true love doesn't mean that it goes on for eternity. Eternity is a terrible concept.
I took piano lessons when I was a little kid, but even before that, you're singing in the classroom and wherever. Gosh, children are always singing. But I took music lessons, some choir and things like that at school. I learned how to play the guitar when I was about 13... ancient history.
I grew up in the suburbs and was raised on rap radio, so it took me a long time to stumble upon the acoustic guitar as a resource for anything.
Try to keep your mind. Try not to eat bad, try not to wake up with too bad of a hangover.
As it turns out, it's really expensive to make movies, much more than records.
I think I try to do a lot of things to weed out casual fans.
When you're playing festivals, you only get a half-hour.
It's like a meat market. You don't get to be artistic. You don't get to play music. It's called a showcase for a reason.
Dead men always have the last laugh. They win. They're dead. You can't hurt their feelings anymore.
I don't think music is my job - I don't think about it that way, because I don't really get paid. There's not paycheck at the end; it's more of a "whatever is left over" kind of situation. Also, it keeps me from thinking about my creativity as a business, which it is not. It should remain pure; that's one of the reasons I made music in the first place.
It's not my way to talk about my feelings.
They're impudent to myself, so it wouldn't make any sense if I tried to explain them to anyone else. I've never been to therapy - not interested in it.
You can't just explain a joke. Either it isn't funny, or the person just totally missed the punchline.