Jackson Browne

Jackson
Browne
1948

American Singer-Songwriter and Musician

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Also, right at that particular time in the music business, because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I'll just say this really quickly - they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.

I never was a very good singer.

Lighten up while you still can, don't even try to understand. Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy.

The biggest influence? I've had several at different times - but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs.

And my dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet.

I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.

Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?

The first to come and the last to go, working for that minimum wage.

As far as those kinds of things, I also played at the concert to call for the release of Nelson Mandela when he was a political prisoner in South Africa. We were celebrating his 70th birthday and calling for his release.

I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.

Music itself is a great source of relaxation. Parts of it anyway. Working in the studio, that's not relaxing, but playing an instrument that I don't know how to play is unbelievably relaxing, because I don't have any pressure on me.

The high ideals and promises you once dressed the future in are dancing in the embers with the wind.

Caught between the longing for love, and the struggle for the legal tender, where the sirens sing and the church bells ring, and the junk man pounds his fender. Where the veterans dream of the fight, fast asleep at the traffic light, and the children solemnly wait for the ice cream vendor.

I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.

Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes. Musicians are always starving, so they're really mean to each other about who makes what.

The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done.

Coffee in the morning, cocaine afternoons.

I want to find myself a girl who can show me what laughter means, and we'll fill in the missing numbers in each others paint-by-numbers dreams.

No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.

These days I seem to think about the things I forgot to do for you and all the times I had a chance to.

Don't confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them.

I was doing my best Bogart, but I was having trouble getting into her jeans.

No matter how fast I run, I can't get away from me.

They sell us the President the same way they sell us our clothes and cars.

Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.

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First Name
Jackson
Last Name
Browne
Birth Date
1948
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American Singer-Songwriter and Musician