"My dad taught me to play bass. He's a bass player he still plays in a band in Michigan to this day. He taught me to play bass when I was about 6. I used to just go to band practice with him, and whoever didn't show up for rehearsal that day, I would take their spot."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Mayer Hawthorne on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Mayer Hawthorne on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Mayer Hawthorne on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Mayer Hawthorne on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Mayer Hawthorne on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I really love rap music. I grew up in the '80s and '90s with Public Enemy, N.W.A., LL Cool J - I'm a hip-hop encyclopedia. But I got kind of frustrated with the chauvinistic side of rap music, the one that makes it hard to write songs about love and relationships."
"My dad calls me 'Mac' a lot, from 'Mike Tyson's Punch Out' - Little Mac is the main character. I was obsessed. I can still beat Mike Tyson on 'Punch Out.'"
"I was really fortunate growing up to have a broad musical education. My parents listened to all kinds of music, rock, soul, Motown, jazz, Frank Sinatra, everything."
"When you're a soul singer, I'm singing a lot of songs about love and relationships that I think a lot of girls really relate to. For whatever reason, that seems to get 'em excited. The DJ, everyone always says the DJ gets all the chicks, but that's never been my experience."
"I consider myself to have a decent sense of humor. What's life without a sense of humor?"
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