Donald Fagen

Donald Fagen

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Author Profession: US Musician
Born: January 10, 1948
Age: 68 years old
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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When you get a groove going, time flies.

I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear. I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist.

Anthemic rock music is inherently fascist - anything intended to move huge masses of people is politically offensive to me.

I have a critical nature, in the sense that when I look at something I often look for the flaws.

I had trouble distinguishing art from life. I don't now, and I feel much better!

I like it when songs develop in some way. Four minutes usually isn't enough time for something to develop musically.

People are usually afraid to say what's on their mind.

Popularity has everything to do with business and nothing to do with music.

What do you do with what you're given, and how do you transform it into something worthwhile?

I've never been comfortable as a lead performer, and I never wanted to be a singer, particularly.

My style is a little quirky. I can't play as fast as most professional jazz players.

Randy Newman seemed like an even worse singer than me. I liked Ray Charles, Levi Stubbs, Jack Jones, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett.

We're not getting any younger.

My writing is really intuitive. As a kid, I went to school in New Jersey and hung out in New York, so the way kids used to talk got into our earlier songs.

The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive. Gwyneth Paltrow

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. Matt Damon

Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing. But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop. Roshon Fegan

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