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When my writing really started to take off was when
by David Friedman

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me,
because you are really laying your heart out there.
- David Friedman

I publish my own music.
I'm creating my own songbook.
It works that way for me; I'm very independent.
- David Friedman

 

As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.
And I often write my songs for myself.
- David Friedman

It sometimes feels like I'm not doing anything.
- David Friedman

I don't like to produce albums.
I hate producing albums, as a matter of fact,
because I'm an obsessed mixer and I can't leave it alone.
- David Friedman

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I write and direct the Duke University Children's Hospital Benefit every year.
- David Friedman

I was talking to my spiritual advisor.
I got a letter from somebody who said that they were
about to kill themselves,
but they listened to a song of mine and it saved their lives.
- David Friedman

Corn ethanol can help in the short term,
but it has serious limitations, and none of this is
going to work if we don't dramatically improve the
efficiency of our cars and trucks.
- David Friedman

As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the
hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
- David Friedman

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me.
It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
- David Friedman

It's an interesting line that I walk.
The AIDS crisis has done a lot for my songs and made them proliferate,
and my songs have contributed a lot to that cause as well.
- David Friedman

I'm trying to have everything that I put into the world
be something that makes a difference in the way I want to make a difference.
- David Friedman

I've been doing a lot of studying singing,
and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all
my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
- David Friedman

I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere.
- David Friedman

I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott's albums,
so I created my own record company.
- David Friedman

I know a lot of people who have tremendous commercial
success and they go directly for it.
There's something that has always been difficult about that for me.
- David Friedman

My career keeps shifting; I keep doing the next thing and it keeps growing.
- David Friedman

I've written several deeply personal songs this year,
which I really love.
Some of them came out of intense sadness.
This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
- David Friedman

I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world,
but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it.
It took me a long time to appreciate that.
- David Friedman

I have been writing since I was about 20,
and at first I wrote in secret and never showed anybody.
I was very concerned about making a living,
so I conducted.
- David Friedman

When I got to Broadway, I conducted five Broadway shows.
- David Friedman

I think of my songs as there to be something to move people emotionally.
- David Friedman

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck,
based on a Grace Paley short story.
I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20
different productions of it this year.
- David Friedman

I've been doing my big theater projects,
which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman

My first career was as a coach and a teacher.
- David Friedman

I'm not comfortable singing in front of people yet.
That's going to take another 100 performances.
- David Friedman

Composition is definitely what I'm born to do,
and it came last.
- David Friedman

In the music industry, we value large success.
I realized that while I would like that,
that it's not what my writing is about.
And if I start making it about that,
it becomes impure.
- David Friedman

For Hunchback, we needed this live, gigantic choir.
So we went to London and said, This is Disney!
I need singers who can sing high D's,
hold them for 18 seconds, and do it 60 times!
- David Friedman

I'm not totally altruistic.
I've always had great career ambitions.
But it has to come out in an organic way.
If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be,
there's this pressure.
- David Friedman

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground.
Writing of the past is a resurrection;
the past then lives in your words and you are free.
- Jessamyn West

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid,
stable business.
- John Steinbeck

Writing is the continuation of politics by other means.
- Philippe Sollers

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
- Alison Bechdel

We do very little re-writing in the office.
We often take on people who show great promise and
who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good.
- James Laughlin

There will always be some kid who's the new Kurt Cobain
writing great lyrics and singing from his soul.
The problem is they're not marketing that anymore or putting it out there.
- Rosanna Arquette

The importance to the writer of first writing must
be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish.
Not shock - shock is a worn-out word -
but astonish.
- Terry Southern

I didn't know anything about writing a screenplay,
but somehow I ended up rewriting a screenplay.
- Kate DiCamillo

My other advice is to start writing songs and singing right away.
- Jerry Harrison

Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.
- Paul J. Meyer

Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day.
- William Allingham

I loved writing a book in which, in some ways,
it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking
lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.
- Neil Gaiman

For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself,
is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much;
I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
- John Sayles

After that, I specifically started writing lyrics.
I would like sweat and think and get it all together.
- Jim Capaldi

It did not prepare me for writing or "Power of Attorney."
However,
what it did is that it forced me out of the DA's office.
I stopped getting that county check.
- Christopher Darden

I considered going to film school; I took a course
in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
- Robert Morgan

Writing is mentally stimulating; it's like a puzzle
that makes you think all the time.
- Stephanie Zimbalist

Now my drug is writing or acting, being creative.
- Scott Caan

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation,
another hour or two in reading aloud,
a little geography and a little history and a little
physics made the day pass busily.
- Hudson Stuck

We went through this business of me writing out all
the parts for these old songs from Gravity and Speechless
and we'd been performing that,
but we don't do that any more.
- Fred Frith

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals
I was writing about because the theme that runs through
this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I'm much faster now.
When you only have a certain amount of time to write,
after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing.
- Alice Hoffman

Writing on a contract for a major studio you get the very best.
- Terry Southern

In the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows,
too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.
- Gerald Clarke

Research to me is as important or more important than the writing.
It is the foundation upon which the book is built.
- Leon Uris

Writing a novel is a terrible experience,
during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
- Flannery O'Connor


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