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    • Jackson Browne: You can take as much as you can from the generation that has preceded you, but then it's up to you to make something new.

    • Jackson Browne: When I really started liking music was when I could play some of it myself, and after a couple of years of playing folk music, I kinda rediscovered those hits that were on the radio all the time when I was a kid.

    • Jackson Browne: We have an open society. No one will come and take me away for saying what I am saying. But they don't have to, if they can control how many people hear it. And that's how they do it.

    • Jackson Browne: The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done.

    • Jackson Browne: The biggest influence? I've had several at different times - but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs.

    • Jackson Browne: That's maybe the most important thing each generation does, is to break a lot of rules and make up their own way of doing things.

    • Jackson Browne: That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.

    • Jackson Browne: So what I do, more than play any instrument - I mean, I love to play - but more than that, I write songs. Songs that are about living, about what it's like to be going through all the things that people go through in life.

    • Jackson Browne: So I had a couple of years of playing trumpet. I really enjoyed it, but it was not the kind of instrument you could whip out at a party. Let's face it.

    • Jackson Browne: Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country - this music contained the real history of the people of this country.

    • Jackson Browne: People were learning to play traditional music, folk songs, and that's a big field - that's everything from blues to Appalachian music.

    • Jackson Browne: No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.

    • Jackson Browne: My father was a pianist. While he was not a professional musician, he was very good.

    • Jackson Browne: I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.

    • Jackson Browne: I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.

    • Jackson Browne: I never was a very good singer.

    • Jackson Browne: I love to read. I love to stretch. In the morning, I get up, and if I'm not in a hurry, I will lie on the floor on a rug, look through some books and magazines, and maybe listen to music and try to do stretching exercises to tune up.

    • Jackson Browne: I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.

    • Jackson Browne: I also played at the concert to call for the release of Nelson Mandela when he was a political prisoner in South Africa. We were celebrating his 70th birthday and calling for his release.

    • Jackson Browne: While the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it's seems, It would be easier sometimes to change the past.

    • Jackson Browne: Some of the songs I wrote when I was really young are some of my best-known songs, and other people still sing 'em, I still sing 'em.

    • Jackson Browne: My dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet.

    • Jackson Browne: Because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I'll just say this really quickly - they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.