The songwriting style, to me, is superior... there was a certain amount of joy in it, no matter how sad the song is. You get joy in listening to these Buddy Holly or Roy Orbison sad lyrics. I'm attracted to songs that have balance between the darks and the lights and giving them all equal opportunity.
On songwriting styles of the post-World War II era, in an interview with Bob Boilen on All Songs Considered (17 November 2006) (NPR)
I had the naive, simplistic idea that producers and writers and artists of the time helped in a minuscule way to change the mind-set of America.M. Ward
I treat the act of making a record very much like working in a laboratory, experimenting with sounds and ideas... Whoever chooses to latch onto it, great; whoever doesn't, that's fine, too. The reaction always pales in comparison to the weight of the act of production.M. Ward