"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Mayer Hawthorne on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Mayer Hawthorne on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Mayer Hawthorne on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Mayer Hawthorne on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Mayer Hawthorne on Mark Twain
"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 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."
"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."
"I consider myself to have a decent sense of humor. What's life without a sense of humor?"