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    It's nice to be able to backtrack and not be embarrassed by the music you used to listen to.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: music 
     
    Whenever I see something that looks like it could be good - whether it's on vinyl, CD or cassette - if it's not too expensive, I'll take a chance.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: chance 
     
    When I was a kid, I always thought that acting was going to be the way to go.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: thoughts  kids 
     
    What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music - participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: listening  music 
     
    Writing songs is a profession; so it's not an attempt to take things from my interactions with other people and for some reason give them to a total stranger to listen to. I find it offensive to hear other people do that.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: people  song  writing 
     
    When you're listening to a recording, you're supposedly listening to some aspect of the past in the present as you travel slowly into the future, but you also know there's a very strong likelihood that the future of that recording, whether you made it or whether you're listening to a Led Zeppelin record, is going to continue probably far beyond where you are.
    — Will Oldham
    People are looking for fame or a focus, and I can't provide that.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: people  focus  fame 
     
    Too much emphasis is put on American roots music when people try and place me. You know, I grew up listening to punk.
    — Will Oldham
    Sometimes we need to tell ourselves that we're not going to do certain things, just in order to stay sane.
    — Will Oldham
    I have a mantra that kind of explains my feelings on this subject, which is, "The past is the present is the future." When you're recording something, you're making something that will exist in the future.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: future  past  present 
     
    It's O.K. to accept good fortune.
    — Will Oldham
    I do not want a personal relationship with my fans. Or to do anything that encourages them to think they have one with me. They can have a personal relationship with my songs. That's fine, but they don't know me.
    — Will Oldham
    I don't like going to cities. I don't mind maybe being in a city sometimes for a few hours, but I pretty much don't like cities. I don't even like passing through them.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: mind 
     
    I don't like the idea of being surrounded by hidden things; people you can't see in buildings and cars.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I don't think that word - the word pirate - has any real meaning. Or it's something that's had meaning imposed on it.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: meaning  real 
     
    I figure it's okay to make certain rules, whether or not people despise you for it at the time.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  people  rules 
     
    On days where I feel the karma is in balance I'm not afraid of death. And when I feel it's weighing heavily on the negative side, then I get very scared and just think about eternal damnation and how unpleasant that would be.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: death  balance  karma  afraid 
     
    I have more respect for somebody who points at his ideal - in this case, the ideal of the pirate - and then becomes something that's more radical, more exciting, more subversive than a pirate could ever be.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: respect  radical 
     
    There's very little admirable about being a pirate. There's very little functional about a pirate. There's very little real about a pirate.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: real 
     
    I don't usually read reviews. I usually read the interviews, just because I figure it's a good way to try to do them better if I ever have to do them again.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: read 
     
    One thing that the Internet has created is the sense that information is at your fingertips, when it's really only a very, very limited, specific, and slanted kind of information.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: internet 
     
    It is more rewarding to be complicit with scarcity than excess.
    — Will Oldham
    I think that what trips up a lot of great musicians is that they become involved with too many things that aren't where their strengths lie.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: lies  strength 
     
    I think records and music are more appropriate and more respectful of the human soul than the churches are. And more respectful of the needs of humans to communicate with the aspects of themselves that are neglected by language.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: language  human  soul  music  church 
     
    In the United States the government has become less important. So, it's democracy, but as each year passes it seems that the government plays less of a role in people's lives, and so they're living in whatever situation their employment imposes upon them more than they're living in a grand political system.
    — Will Oldham
    Frank Sinatra's never been handsome, but he's one of my favorite singers. Who needs looks when you have a voice and power?
    — Will Oldham
    The less people present in an urgent situation that a moderately high stakes recording session can create - the less people there are in the room - the more openness there can be. These songs share that as well, in addition to just the obvious, basic starkness.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: people  present  song  shares 
     
    I still make music. I still write music and I record music, I just don't trust music promotion [and] distribution right now enough to record a new set of diligently worked-upon compositions. I do trust the audience and the audiences very much.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: trust  right  music  write 
     
    There are a limited number of promoters out there who care about creating music. You rarely meet a promoter who's like, "I want to be responsible for the best shows, I want to make sure that these are the best shows these audiences have ever seen."
    — Will Oldham
    tags: care  music 
     
    Venues are all the same, all feel the same, these generic blank spaces. I like artists like Lightning Bolt-bands that go in and kind of change things every time, play on the floor, set up in the middle of the room. They go in and they reinvent the space every time, which I feel is like the kind of thing that should just be happening.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  space  artist 
     
    The ideal is to put on shows where, if you go into the same space again, you don't remember ever having been there before, because where you were was a space that only existed that one time, created by the music.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  space  music 
     
    You make the world - with enough strength and enough luck you make the world that you live in. If you accept that there's participation to be done and an existence to be had - I tend to think there is only one way I want to go through this existence and that's with my eyes open and my chest out.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: live  world  existence  eyes  luck  strength 
     
    I was really looking forward to doing the thing that I do - I basically appear just at the beginning and at the end of the 'The Glory of the World' play - but when I got to opening night, I started to get really sad that that was the last time I was going to see the play as a spectator without actually being in it.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  world  sad  night 
     
    If we were making a record in Kentucky, there might be some more elements that recall a time, a place, or a relationship. Recording for the BBC you enter into this strange and wonderful, but kind of sterile, place with which you have no personal history, and that's the Maida Vale Studios at BBC in London.
    — Will Oldham
    I think everybody works from a defensive position, for the most part, in the film industry.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: work  film 
     
    You're making something that won't be what it is until some unknown date in the future. All aspects of the personal disappear.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: future  personal 
     
    I think that America in general is piratical. Every time we accept a paycheck for doing almost nothing, allowing us to live above the poverty line, we're engaging in piracy.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  poverty  live  america 
     
    The songs are not meant to be real life. They're meant to have a psychic - rather than a factual - bearing on the listener. It's rare that a song grounded in reality moves me because I don't feel like I'm getting the whole story. Songs are made to exist in and of themselves, like a great James Jones or Robert Louis Stevenson novel - they're not autobiographical, and yet there's a reality in every single page. It's real life of the imagination.
    — Will Oldham
    The first music I bought when I was nine or 10 was pop music from the '50s and '60s, like The Everly Bros., Elvis, Del Shannon, The Flamingos, The Platters, whatever I could get my hands on. And then some musical things, like Camelot, Singing in the Rain and Hair.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: music  rain 
     
    When I listen to little fourth-dimension artifacts, they're like they were made as time capsules in the first place. You know that when you're writing the song and recording the song, you're already sending a message to the future listener, whoever and wherever and whenever that will be.
    — Will Oldham
    tags: time  future  song  writing 
     
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