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“As a songwriter, I don’t rush. I may sit on lyrics for two years before the music hits.”

 

Ben Harper

“There’s only one proper way a song should go, but you’ve got to be patient enough to let them come together time wise. Sometimes it’s lightning in a bottle and you got the song. But oftentimes it shows up.”

 

Ben Harper

“Wish there was something that I could say or do, I can resist anything but the temptation from you. But I’d rather walk alone than chase you around, I’d rather fall myself then let you drag me on down.”

 

Ben Harper

“But I would never insult the people that love this music and I would never insult the blessing of music in my life and I would never insult myself by playing uninspired music.”

 

Ben Harper

“When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.”

 

Ben Harper

“To go through this life and see it through – what it really is – and not be insane or addicted, is a minor miracle for anyone.”

 

Ben Harper

“We figured you could download live shows for days, so we decided to go for a cream-of-the-crop approach, but not just take the best vocal or the best performances.”

 

Ben Harper

“It’s not easy for a mother and son to sing a duet. You can’t just sing about anything.”

 

Ben Harper

“I grew up with the Blind Boys’ music. My family owns a music store in Claremont, California, called The Claremont Folk Music Center. I grew up with a heavy diet of gospel, folk, and blues because those are kind of the cornerstones of traditional American music.”

 

Ben Harper

“Every single time I step into the studio, I say, ‘Can I still do this? Do I still have it? Have I ever had it?’ I suppose there’s a good amount of self-loathing that goes into any form of artisanship.”

 

Ben Harper

“If I’m inspired and music inspires me, then I will continue to play it.”

 

Ben Harper

“I grew up listening to spiritual music, Blind Willie Johnson and folk.”

 

Ben Harper

“If I fall, I fall. I’ll rise up like anybody else.”

 

Ben Harper

“If you don’t like my fire, then don’t come around. Cause I’m gonna burn one down.”

 

Ben Harper

“With so many people to love in my life, why do I worry about one?”

 

Ben Harper

“Folk is bare bones music.”

 

Ben Harper

“We’ve all got stardust in our bones.”

 

Ben Harper

“I knew a girl, her name was Truth. She was a terrible liar.”

 

Ben Harper

“There’s no room in my life for religion. Religion is separation and segregation of God. How can you segregate the Almighty?”

 

Ben Harper

“Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds and then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell.”

 

Ben Harper