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I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords.

My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest.

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

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.

My mom had this romantic notion of her children playing classical music. The idea is you learn it when you're still learning language. It's using the same part of the brain.

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

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

Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.

Honestly, I didn't have the patience for biology or history in an academic sense, but I always liked the kind of big questions.

I think I'm still a little too intense for my own good sometimes.

No, it's not dissatisfaction that inspires me to tinker with my songs, it's just restlessness.

The way I work, I'm not a confessional singer-songwriter.

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

I don't want technology to take me so far that I don't have to use my brain anymore. It's like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It's always got to be tactile, still organic.

I mean, you still can't jump offstage and go read a book. But I'm getting better at it. It is something you can manage. You can still give everything you have to the audience onstage, and have something for yourself.

I spend a lot of time working by myself developing songs, but I really need some other counterpart to help me pull it all together, because you go nuts working if I had to finish an entire project all within my own head.

I've always been fascinated and stared at maps for hours as a kid. I've especially been most intrigued by the uninhabited or lonelier places on the planet. Like Greenland, for instance, or just recently flying over Alaska and a chain of icy, mountainous islands, uninhabited.

Maybe it's just, I've always been to the less traveled places, in any topic, whether it's history, I always like to just choose the most obscure topic. And I don't know why I have that impulse. I can't really explain it but I've been doing that since I was a little kid.

The fact that I wasn't expected to read music at all and was absorbing everything by ear... it had a huge affect on the kind of musician that I became.

Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound.