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My dad and I get into it all the time. He loves to discuss politics much more than I do and we have pretty heated conversations.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: My dad and I get into it all the time. He loves to discuss politics
A leader does not stand still and reject all paths forward.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: A leader does not stand still and reject all paths forward.
I really [enjoy] working with new people and just sort of the freshness of it ... I [want] to have those new conversations, musically and otherwise.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I really [enjoy] working with new people and just sort of the freshness of it
There's not a lot of thinking that I need to do away from the studio on Broken Bells stuff.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: There's not a lot of thinking that I need to do away from the studio
When I started The Shins, it really was just me, alone, but it was still The Shins. I was totally recording stuff and writing songs as The Shins and all of that. So the beginning inception of the whole thing was some sort of a lie, I guess.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: When I started The Shins, it really was just me, alone, but it was still
I'm trying to avoid having regrets about missing opportunities. That would be the worst thing. Like having an audience waiting, and not working hard enough, and coming out with a record that disappointed them.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I'm trying to avoid having regrets about missing opportunities. That would be the worst thing.
Judicial activism, by definition, is a term applied to judges who render decisions with which you disagree.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: Judicial activism, by definition, is a term applied to judges who render decisions with which
The way I was brought up, there was a little bit of prodding to do something more practical, and I wasted a lot of time trying to be a practical person.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The way I was brought up, there was a little bit of prodding to do
Exploring the layers of the earth is like reading the pages of a book.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: Exploring the layers of the earth is like reading the pages of a book.
The love you have for your kids is so overwhelmingly powerful that it alters your perspective. The dark things going on in the world become very poignant and vivid.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The love you have for your kids is so overwhelmingly powerful that it alters your
The real challenge of writing songs isn't just writing a bunch of parts - like a verse, chorus, verse - but making something that flows together, that brings you back.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The real challenge of writing songs isn't just writing a bunch of parts - like
I remember being in high school, and you had to draw those lines and define yourself. I don't think when I was in high school I would have been willing to admit that I liked the Shins. I was into TSOL and Black Flag. I probably would have listened to the Shins secretly in my bedroom.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I remember being in high school, and you had to draw those lines and define
For some reason, it seems like pop writers, it's like they just get worse or something over time. And then you're really jealous of movie directors whose careers seem to grow and they'll be 70 years old and still doing these incredible jobs. I'm going to reverse that, I hope.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: For some reason, it seems like pop writers, it's like they just get worse or
I'm not really excited about the idea of committing to anything permanently.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I'm not really excited about the idea of committing to anything permanently.
Meeting Perry Farrel was kind of cool. He's such an icon, and I was such a fan of Jane's Addiction.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Meeting Perry Farrel was kind of cool. He's such an icon, and I was such
If an all-powerful, benevolent God allows untold suffering, then that God is either not all-powerful or not benevolent.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: If an all-powerful, benevolent God allows untold suffering, then that God is either not all-powerful
The thing that inspires me most is empathizing with people's flaws and seeing how they deal with them. That sort of connection you feel with someone when you realize that maybe even the negative things that they've said or done are because of insecurities or injuries they've endured.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The thing that inspires me most is empathizing with people's flaws and seeing how they
I don't like the idea of a singer-songwriter record. I don't picture myself that way, and it's not my favorite sort of look, I guess. It's really just an aesthetic thing.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I don't like the idea of a singer-songwriter record. I don't picture myself that way,
One thing that I've struggled with has been a certain amount of animosity toward the whole human race.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: One thing that I've struggled with has been a certain amount of animosity toward the
I've never gone through an audition process or anything. In most of my decisions like that, I just kind of feel it out: You know, do I feel comfortable with this person?James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I've never gone through an audition process or anything. In most of my decisions like
I'm real happy. I've been lucky in love, and I've got a wonderful kid now, and things have been going well.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I'm real happy. I've been lucky in love, and I've got a wonderful kid now,
Collaboration is something I missed at one point in The Shins. I really wanted to have that experience again, you know, not having everything rely on me. I wanted to have a partner.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Collaboration is something I missed at one point in The Shins. I really wanted to
I was a regular dork. I was a kid who was scrawny and all that, and probably kind of dumb or something. I wasn't unordinary; I wasn't extraordinary.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I was a regular dork. I was a kid who was scrawny and all that,
I've never been one to think it was cheating to sample this or to loop the drum part there - I've always done that. Even using four-track cassette recorders, I was always doing whatever I could to make it as good as I could.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I've never been one to think it was cheating to sample this or to loop
My attempt at really doing classic sort of songwriting is Shins stuff.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: My attempt at really doing classic sort of songwriting is Shins stuff.
Until having kids, I had never really thought about mortality so much.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Until having kids, I had never really thought about mortality so much.
I kinda learned to sing singing to Echo and the Bunnymen songs and Smiths songs: Morrissey would be a big favorite.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I kinda learned to sing singing to Echo and the Bunnymen songs and Smiths songs:
Humans are social creatures that really crave intimacy.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Humans are social creatures that really crave intimacy.
My dad was a Navy munitions officer, and by the end of his career, he was a specialist in nuclear weapons.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: My dad was a Navy munitions officer, and by the end of his career, he
My whole goal is to make good records and keep myself inspired and able to accomplish what I need to accomplish.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: My whole goal is to make good records and keep myself inspired and able to
I have no ethics when it comes to art. You just do what you can to make it as beautiful as you can.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I have no ethics when it comes to art. You just do what you can
I know that there are a lot of sort of silly things that one thinks as a music listener about bands. I am a fan of many bands.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I know that there are a lot of sort of silly things that one thinks
The past is the key to the present and an ice core is a door to that past.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: The past is the key to the present and an ice core is a door
For the longest time, I didn't even want to admit I was serious about music. Before the Shins, I would tell myself, 'Oh, I'm going to figure something out someday.' I had this romantic vision of being this old dude maybe making guitars or something.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: For the longest time, I didn't even want to admit I was serious about music.
You have to keep the recording process open. If you make too many decisions before you go in, you can lose out on those serendipitous moments that can really make a record, that I think are always required in the making of a really good record.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: You have to keep the recording process open. If you make too many decisions before
The Shins is, in a way, a recording project that turned into a live band. So I don't really keep myself beholden to any rules when I'm in the studio for Shins. I just gotta get it done as best I can.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The Shins is, in a way, a recording project that turned into a live band.
As a child, I lived in Germany at the Ramstein air force base, where my dad sang at a nightclub in Kaiserslautern. My parents couldn't afford a babysitter, so when I was, like, ten or 11, I would go with them to the bar until two in the morning.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: As a child, I lived in Germany at the Ramstein air force base, where my
My hope is that one day I'll be able to work and have a quieter life, but still a creative life.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: My hope is that one day I'll be able to work and have a quieter
I think that was going on with bands like The Strokes was that the idea of the band, a real band, was making a comeback. My brother in law is an example- before he was listening to some country music, even some of that awful nu-metal stuff , but there weren't many options really.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I think that was going on with bands like The Strokes was that the idea
I think that once you start writing songs, you start developing a library of ideas that you can go and take from, so it gets easier as you go.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I think that once you start writing songs, you start developing a library of ideas
I tend to write a pretty half and half split of, like, slow, morose things and then sort of more upbeat stuff.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I tend to write a pretty half and half split of, like, slow, morose things
I really know so little about recording, and I'm learning as I go.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I really know so little about recording, and I'm learning as I go.
Honestly, humans are social creatures that really crave intimacy, and I think that the friends I have who are trying to somehow go it alone are suffering for it.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Honestly, humans are social creatures that really crave intimacy, and I think that the friends
I tend to [have] a lot of ideas but then just leave them in that infant form and kind of move on.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I tend to [have] a lot of ideas but then just leave them in that
Change is inevitable; our response to it defines who we are.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: Change is inevitable; our response to it defines who we are.
Lyrically, I think I'm frustrated with this whole process of trying to figure out what I believe about the world and life. I don't like to adopt a sort of guiding philosophy.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Lyrically, I think I'm frustrated with this whole process of trying to figure out what
The lines are all imagined.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The lines are all imagined.
I have the soundtrack for 'A Clockwork Orange,' which is kind of cool. I guess I don't really end up buying a lot of modern soundtracks. Another soundtrack I love is from a French movie called 'Betty Blue.' it has some really melancholy piano work.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I have the soundtrack for 'A Clockwork Orange,' which is kind of cool. I guess
We played a festival in Ireland once, and in the middle of 'New Slang,' the Scissor Sisters kicked in across the field on this mega stage. It was a little distracting. It was hard to keep track of what I was supposed to sing.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: We played a festival in Ireland once, and in the middle of 'New Slang,' the
So happy that Broken Bells is a thing in my life and really cool in so many ways. Not only, like, as something to sell records and be a band and whatnot, but just to give me an outlet and give me a fresh approach on things.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: So happy that Broken Bells is a thing in my life and really cool in
Maybe it's just parenthood that puts you in a situation where you just have to develop a new attitude, I guess, about things.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Maybe it's just parenthood that puts you in a situation where you just have to
I think that what's funny is that I seem to be taking up the roles that I remember my dad having - for some reason, I'm the one who makes the coffee, and my dad was always that guy. It's kind of shocking how closely I compare to my dad.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I think that what's funny is that I seem to be taking up the roles
There is pressure that comes with everything being a big deal. I remember thinking, 'I need to survive the Shins. I don't know what I'm going to do to make a living otherwise, but I really don't want to do the Shins right now.'James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: There is pressure that comes with everything being a big deal. I remember thinking, 'I
I most enjoy sitting down with the acoustic guitar and just fiddling around and trying to come up with something like a hook or some sort of melodic line. That's something that I do habitually.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I most enjoy sitting down with the acoustic guitar and just fiddling around and trying
I think perfect dates involve walking a lot, and not a bunch of driving around in cars. Ideally, you can walk together and go to a restaurant, and then walk from there to another nice place - this is, I guess, because of really great dates that I've had with my wife here in Portland.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I think perfect dates involve walking a lot, and not a bunch of driving around
The fact that I'm often pushing my voice as hard as I can is from playing in nightclubs in Albuquerque where you don't have a good sound system.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The fact that I'm often pushing my voice as hard as I can is from
I've always sort of felt like what the Shins is, I guess, is a vehicle for my writing.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I've always sort of felt like what the Shins is, I guess, is a vehicle
There's no real reason for me to be so obsessed with trying to understand the true nature of things. You can live a perfectly happy life being utterly confused and not knowing.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: There's no real reason for me to be so obsessed with trying to understand the
The part of modern pop music I don't know much about is hip hop.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: The part of modern pop music I don't know much about is hip hop.
Logical thinking is a prerequisite to good choices.James W. Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James W. Mercer: Logical thinking is a prerequisite to good choices.
Horrible dates are when you're with people who are immature and can't really be comfortable in their own skin.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Horrible dates are when you're with people who are immature and can't really be comfortable
I kissed my first girl when I was 15, and then I lost my virginity when I was 17. So that's pretty good. It was just that when you're in high school, you're sort of forced into the normal world, where you're competing with the football players, just kind of in that world where somebody like me didn't quite fit in.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I kissed my first girl when I was 15, and then I lost my virginity
Life is sad. People, you know, are going to pass, and you know that you will one day.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: Life is sad. People, you know, are going to pass, and you know that you
I sit and write songs alone and then get together with people to help me flesh it out into a recording.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I sit and write songs alone and then get together with people to help me
I do like talking with friends about big concepts, you know, the stuff that will ruin a party. To me, the party hasn't begun until we're talking about the nonexistence of God.James Mercer James Mercer Sayings By James Mercer: I do like talking with friends about big concepts, you know, the stuff that will