Doomsday is quite within our reach, if we will only stretch for it.

-Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III

I don't think of myself as a folk singer per se, but I really like blues and string-band music. When I started listening to records when I was a teenager, the folk boom was going on.

Loudon Wainwright III
When you start performing, you realize that you have to separate yourself from the pack. So I would never wear bell-bottoms, which everybody else was wearing. I had short hair - and to see a 21-year-old guy walk onstage without longish hair was, in itself, weird. Every entertainer needs a shtick.
Loudon Wainwright III

When you start your career, you have to figure out a way to separate yourself from the pack. So I went for a kind of preppy, psycho-killer look: I had short hair, grey flannel pants, and a button-down shirt. I think it worked, because nobody else was looking that way at that time.

Loudon Wainwright III
I'm always asked if the songs that I write are therapeutic, and my answer is a quick no. In fact, it could be argued that they exacerbate my neurosis.
Loudon Wainwright III

When a parent dies, the whole house of cards comes down.

Loudon Wainwright III
I've been writing about growing old for some time, really from the beginning of my career. It's something I'm apparently hung up about and now that I am old, hopefully I speak about it with some authority.
Loudon Wainwright III

I love failure. It's stuff that I'm thinking about all the time in my life, so it would make sense to me anyway to write about it.

Loudon Wainwright III
As it turns out, three of my four kids are professional singers. And they're really interesting, good singers.
Loudon Wainwright III

I know that people don't listen to music much in the way when they'll put on a CD, sit down, have a drink or go on a car journey. People pick and choose and just listen to tracks. But when I make a record, I try to think about it as a 50 minute musical journey, so the mood is very important, as is the sequence of the songs.

Loudon Wainwright III
I have travelled and been pretty much a one man operation for most of my career, and I think it'll continue to be that way.