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Andrew Bird, American Musician ( July 11, 1973 - )

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Melodies are just honest. They can only be what they are. Words have the capacity for deception. They're all full of subtext, and some of them are cliche and overused and vernacular. They're tricky. All I can say is, words are tricky.~Andrew Bird


Words Deception I Can

There is something comforting about going into a practice room, putting your sheet music on a stand and playing Bach over and over again.~Andrew Bird


Music Practice Stand

No, it's not dissatisfaction that inspires me to tinker with my songs, it's just restlessness.~Andrew Bird


Me Just Tinker

The fact that I wasn't expected to read music at all and was absorbing everything by ear... it had a huge affect on the kind of musician that I became.~Andrew Bird


Music Everything Kind

I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords.~Andrew Bird


Poetry Words Top

There's a lot of interesting words, nomenclatures, in science.~Andrew Bird


Science Words Interesting

I guess I'm attracted to more archaic words because they can be imbued with more meaning, because their definition is elusive.~Andrew Bird


Words Meaning Guess

I've always been fascinated and stared at maps for hours as a kid. I've especially been most intrigued by the uninhabited or lonelier places on the planet. Like Greenland, for instance, or just recently flying over Alaska and a chain of icy, mountainous islands, uninhabited.~Andrew Bird


Flying Places Most

You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen. It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I'm going, or when I've lived in a place so long that there's no chance I could possibly get lost.~Andrew Bird


Travel Hope Chance

I write a lot more when I'm happy, because you're hopeful, you're motivated.~Andrew Bird


Happy You Hopeful

I think when I was pretty young I got really into the tone of my instrument and I remember just playing one note for an hour to just kind of feel the resonance of the violin.~Andrew Bird


Remember Young Think

Every time I get up in the morning, melodies occur to me and I start trying to shape lyrics to melodies.~Andrew Bird


Time Morning Me

Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound.~Andrew Bird


Singing Three Sound

Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.~Andrew Bird


Sexy You Know

There was a fascinating handmade poster scene in Chicago in the '90s, and I became friends with many of the artists; the posters were often more impressive than the bands.~Andrew Bird


Friends Chicago Handmade

The first notes I still play when I start a sound check are classical. Those are my roots.~Andrew Bird


Roots Start Play

My mom had this romantic notion of her children playing classical music. The idea is you learn it when you're still learning language. It's using the same part of the brain.~Andrew Bird


Mom Music Children

Since I first picked up the violin, I've been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin.~Andrew Bird


Guitar Steel Violin

The problem is, when you're working with orchestras, you only get the orchestra for about two hours before the performance to pull it all together, and that doesn't sound like a real collaboration.~Andrew Bird


Together Collaboration

I've always found that whatever you say about indie rock, it is the most inclusive genre or title for anything. It doesn't pin you down too much, like other labels would. It's just newer, it has less baggage. I'm happy to be in that category.~Andrew Bird


Happy You Rock

Well, my main instrument is violin, but I think of myself as a songwriter who happens to play violin.~Andrew Bird


Myself Play Think

I don't want technology to take me so far that I don't have to use my brain anymore. It's like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It's always got to be tactile, still organic.~Andrew Bird


Technology Brain Losing

All the folks I play with come from jazz backgrounds or at least appreciate spontaneity within the parameters of a pop song.~Andrew Bird


Appreciate Jazz Play

A good espresso to me is a little bit salty; you just become used to a good taste. Anytime I go into a new place and they don't clean their machine properly or the water temperature isn't right, it tastes awful.~Andrew Bird


Good Water Me

My head is full of shifting patterns and polyrhythmic stuff; but I want to use all acoustic instruments and create this kind of tapestry of interlocking lulling parts.~Andrew Bird


Want Head Create

A day off after a show with no agenda in a foreign city is about the most fertile creative situation I can imagine. Just walking with nothing to do, killing time and hearing the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar place.~Andrew Bird


Time Day Walking