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“It may be that it’s just too abstract for a lot of people. It may be that… it’s meant to speak to a specific group of listeners, and that group may not number in the millions. They might number in the thousands. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it, it just means that you have to accept that you’re going to be talking to a smaller group of people.”

Paul Simon accepts his own lowered expectation for his new, Eno-assisted album, Surprise, New York Times Arts Section, May 7
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“One of the things I’ve learned is that if you cooperate with the universe it will cooperate with you.”

T Bone Burnett goes with the flow, NY Times Arts Section, May 14
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“I have no idea what any of it amounts to in the end. It’s the process of working now.”
-Working to what? A question mark?
“That’s it, absolutely. It’s absurdity, most of it. Nobody knows anything, really.”

Scott Walker lives to live in the moment, Mojo, June 2006
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“Making music where you’re a control freak obsessed with telling other people what to do – it’s not really the spirit, is it?”

Roddy Frame “regrets” being a band leader rather than a band member, Mojo, June 2006
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