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Richard Thompson
April 3, 1949 -
Nationality: British
Category: Musician
Subcategory: British Musician

As the writer, you're always a presence in the song. If you get close to what human beings are like, you're writing about common experience. We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody, then you've also nailed yourself.


I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me.


I try to make songs visual and tactile to kind of put you into the action.


I'm always making a conscious effort to be viable and accessible.


People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.


All audiences should be slightly off balance.


There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now.


The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records.


I like the idea of playing in unison with yourself.


What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it.


It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something.


But music can save your life sometimes. It probably saved me from working in a bank or something. That's a kind of salvation right there.


To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.


I think the reason kids get into drugs and smoking is they don't have anything to do.


Amplifying acoustic instruments more than a little is really cheating, and everything becomes a compromise.


When you stand up acoustic in front of an audience, you really are a man without any clothes on. And that can be fun - it depends how much of an exhibitionist you are, I suppose. I quite enjoy it.


I just like to entertain myself by sitting down and writing songs.


You want the audience to be uncomfortable.


The best thing you've got going for you is individuality.


Well, first of all it's entertainment. That stops us becoming too pretentious or thinking we're great artists.


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