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Feist, Canadian Musician ( February 13, 1976 - )

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When you say something or sing something enough times, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's almost like casting spells. I don't mean necessarily in the flighty, 'I'm going to go buy a cloak with a hood now' way.~Feist


You Hood Go

Commercialism isn't challenging creatively; it's only challenging in a stamina way.~Feist


Way Creatively Only

When I first played '1234' it was on stage in San Francisco at some kind of, like, sticky-floored club. And it felt like a punk song. I mean it's ridiculous to say that now, but it had that kind of, like, piercing straight melody. And then this fist-pumping ending, you know that pa-dap-pada.~Feist


Ending You Song

Something that I think I figured out slowly was if you're playing a show and there's a chatter or there is, you know, a lot of noise - people talking or something - I was never the one whose instinct was to try to be louder than them.~Feist


People You Think

I once looked over the shoulder of a friend on Facebook and it looked like hieroglyphs to me. There's merit online, of course, but social media gets super freaky. Imagine if three generations from now, people online have forgotten what date or day of the week it is.~Feist


Day Week Social Media

So, I'm on 'Sesame Street,' walking around with all these monsters, Elmo and his buddies, a whole bunch of chickens, a whole bunch of penguins and a number four dancing about. It was just pure joy, simple, ridiculous fun, stupid joy. There's no irony. 'Sesame Street' is just a crazy great place to be.~Feist


Great Walking Joy

I'm a Canadian. Outside Canada I carry the flag. Canadian nationalism isn't as insidious as American nationalism, though. It's good natured. It's all about maple syrup, not war.~Feist


War Good American

Music is pretty intimate stuff and I can only work with very few people: Gonzalez being one, Mocky being another and, on a completely different level, Broken Social Scene. With Broken Social Scene it's not one-on-one, it's a one-on-12. It's very healthy, very comfortable, like a big pot luck supper among old friends.~Feist


Work Music Old Friends

When I did '1,2,3,4' on 'Sesame Street' they'd rewritten the song and made it about counting. At first, I balked. I was like, 'Counting to four? That's where we're going with this?' Then they sent me appearances by other people like James Blunt doing 'You're Beautiful' as 'My Triangle.'~Feist


Beautiful People Me

You never know what's going to play into what's worthy of getting encapsulated into a song.~Feist


You Play Song

As I get older, the present and the past shift and become the past and the future... A lot of it is a new awareness of time and life and the wheel of fortune crushing you and lifting you and crushing you and lifting you.~Feist


Life Time Future

The group-effort sound in recording of 'Sea Lion' is like, you really hear all the people in the room and hear them interlocking. There's a real freight-train energy of all these people at the same time playing.~Feist


Time Sea Lion

'Gatekeeper' was sort of my first attempt to put a little bit of a frame and boundaries around songwriting, and try to figure out a way to approach it that had a sort of end result in mind. I haven't written many like that.~Feist


End Mind Try

Well, there's just some universal truths in a way that I've just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there's these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other.~Feist


Love Romantic People

You're an enormous sponge and everything goes in there and you squeeze it out in songs, I guess. And if you're a painter, you squeeze them out on to a canvas.~Feist


You Everything Canvas

I made the first Feist album in '98. So at that point, it was my nickname. It was as far as with my circle of friends, and just felt more accurate than two names.~Feist


Friends Circle Far

For me, music is in the choice of what not to play as much as in what you've chosen to play.~Feist


Music Choice Me

I live and die by puns.~Feist


Die Live Puns

I need therapy after writing. It's like leaking blood from a stone. It's brutally difficult but worth it.~Feist


Writing Blood Stone

There have been times I've planted stuff in songs where four years later I'll be singing it from a subconscious, kind of chameleon little lizard mind... and at a certain moment, all of a sudden, I'll hear a line from a different vantage point and it'll change its meaning. It's something I wrote but it changed because I did.~Feist


Change Moment Mind

If you keep bashing your head against the same wall, at some point you're going to fall over and be still for awhile.~Feist


Fall You Head

I get really scared about how the Internet is shifting and changing everyone's minds, and the way we see ourselves and interact online. Everything is so diluted now.~Feist


Internet Minds Everything

There's real potency in metal. Metal fans love metal as if it's a nation they would fight for. It's not diluted by pop culture.~Feist


Love Culture Fight

Opinions are like snowflakes, you know what I'm saying?~Feist


You Saying Opinions

When I was in Beck's world, I felt like the little sister. I'm in the big brother's room with all his friends. You just hang out and keep your mouth shut so they don't realize you're there and kick you out. I like being in situations where I can be an underdog, where I can be in the corner and observe and soak it in.~Feist


Sister Brother Friends

'Metals' has partly been about me regaining my self respect and I feel like I'm growing the muscles I want to grow again.~Feist


Respect Self Me

Also, it's risky to try to duplicate earlier success. Magician had a certain charm to it, mostly due to my choice of lead characters, that I would be hard put to duplicate.~Raymond E. Feist


Success Choice Try

The issue of the Betrayal was so central to that, I felt the need to comment upon it. My choices were to ignore the games and put them 'outside' of continuity or to integrate them. I chose the latter.~Raymond E. Feist


Choices Betrayal Ignore

There's always going to be comparisons, and that's unavoidable. There are people out there who feel I hit my peak with Magician and have gone downhill since.~Raymond E. Feist


People Feel Gone

There were two things going on: 1) I had already established in my own mind where I wanted to go with the next series, and having James around as a Grey Eminence would have complicated matters. He had had an amazing life and it was time to bid him good-bye.~Raymond E. Feist


Life Time Amazing

You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.~Raymond E. Feist


Love Children Passion

One likes to think one grows as a writer as one ages, else all you get is an 'old' young writer. Beyond that is the changing landscape of the universe and the stories I choose to tell.~Raymond E. Feist


Universe Young You

If I leave my computer, I'm probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.~Raymond E. Feist


Work Guilt Questions

I feel when a writer treats a character as 'precious,' the writer runs the risk of turning them into a comic book character. There's nothing wrong with comic book characters in comic books, but I don't write comic books.~Raymond E. Feist


Character Book Risk

When you talk about fantasy, the usual problem is that whilst you've got the world of imagination, there are no controlling forces.~Raymond E. Feist


Imagination World Problem

Science fiction is fantasy about issues of science. Science fiction is a subset of fantasy. Fantasy predated it by several millennia. The '30s to the '50s were the golden age of science fiction - this was because, to a large degree, it was at this point that technology and science had exposed its potential without revealing the limitations.~Raymond E. Feist


Technology Age Science

Mostly I'm writing about people, so I feel constrained to take with me my view of people, my curiosity about how people choose the things they do and why they come to certain decisions in a certain fashion and all the things that drive most writers.~Raymond E. Feist


Decisions Curiosity People

I won't say that writing is therapy, but for me, the act of writing is therapy. The ability to be productive is good for my mental health. It's always better for me to be writing than vegetating on some couch.~Raymond E. Feist


Good Health Writing

I keep threatening to write a non-fantasy book, and they keep offering me the kind of money I can't refuse to write a fantasy. That's a good thing. I have to pay my mortgage, and I have to pay for my Chargers season tickets.~Raymond E. Feist


Money Good Book

Writing is hard work; it's also the best job I've ever had.~Raymond E. Feist


Work Hard Work Best

Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go.~Raymond E. Feist


Good Ideas Go

In the end, my reasons for moving down the timeline and introducing a new cast have more to do with keeping myself entertained, on the assumption that if I get bored, my readers are going to be even more bored.~Raymond E. Feist


Myself End Moving

One of the key issues will be personal honour vs. the good of the many, and unforeseen consequences.~Raymond E. Feist


Good Consequences Key

Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I've had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I'll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I'd like to get it finished some day.~Raymond E. Feist


Work Time Science

Often I'll try things that just won't happen the way I'd like them to, so hearing that they're not working saves me some wear and tear the next time around.~Raymond E. Feist


Time Me Try

I'm a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies.~Raymond E. Feist


Passionate Fan Noir

People like rules, or at least the appearance of rules, even in fantasy.~Raymond E. Feist


People Rules Appearance

I don't like fantasy where a king snaps his fingers and suddenly a whole army appears and goes off to war - he's got to feed them, he's got to pay them, he's got to take care of the camp followers and the gamblers and the people who cause disorder.~Raymond E. Feist


War People King

Writing is not a competitive sport. Everyone that writes has his or her own voice.~Raymond E. Feist


Writing Voice Her

Either systems are in balance or they are falling apart. If people are acting in what appears to be a twisted way, I want to know the reason for that.~Raymond E. Feist


Balance People Acting

I've never worried about 'the reader' because there isn't one. There are thousands, and they all have strong opinions, from 'Magician' was the best ever,' and I've gone downhill since to 'The new book is the best ever,' so to whom to I listen? So I write for myself and hope other people like it.~Raymond E. Feist


Best Hope Myself

As a kid, I sat transfixed watching Ray Harryhausen's '7th Voyage of Sinbad.'~Raymond E. Feist


Voyage Kid Watching