Friday, 2 September 2011

10 Van Quotes

 1.   "Everything is about commercialism these days, not music. When I started out, commercialism was about making a living. You only put out records because you thought you might get more gigs that way, it might raise your profile. You weren't putting out a record because you were making some statement."

 2.  "I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it."

 3.  "Now, because of the internet, everyone's suddenly a big shot. I'm talking about people who think that because they've looked up a website, they know everything. You used to have to study things but now you can just find it on the internet, and everybody feels very important because they have access to this stuff. It was a different culture when I was young. Quality, respect - they seem to have vanished."

 4.  "For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity, I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children."

 5.  "I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me, not what someone thinks I am. People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous."

 6.   "You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense."

 7.  "Most of the audience has a set thing and before they come they have a set thing about the performer from radio and record exposure. Then they expect a certain thing and when they don't get exactly what they expect, it throws them off balance."

 8.  "Basically, I’m a simple guy in a complicated business. I’ve never been comfortable with fame, so that's what a lot of this material is about."

 9.  "I heard Astral Weeks recently. It made me just sit up. It made me sit up and think, right, OK, I was really on to something different. There was a lot of stuff going on here that was definitely off-the-wall and out there. And it was good."

10.  "I am lucky I have an audience that is not into the fad of the download. I am very grateful for that. My fans must intrinsically understand the value of having a record in their hand. With so much standing to kill the record business and make it extinct, I think it is great there are still people who appreciate the beauty of a record - a real record..."

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