To me, there's two kinds of music these days. There's ephemeral music, and there's music that has lasting power and depth.

As a singer, I float around. I'm kind of scatty, bouncing around a lot. I try to adapt to what's going on around me in the song and the arrangement.

What I do isn't black music; it's just my music.

All artists have insecurity.

I have to say I have never been comfortable with somebody else telling me what to do - in any way.

When you're playing in front of people, everything is external. It's all going from you out to an audience. When you're in a studio, it's very internalised, it's going from the air through you into this meticulously crafted, layered piece of work.

Every artistic form has its golden age, and unfortunately I think the golden age for whatever I do probably ended about 1990.

The difference between me and other people in my generation is instead of saying the Internet's killing the record business, I say, 'Who cares about the record business, the Internet is enhancing music.'

I'm not a big fan of any video, especially my own. In a word, I hated the Hall & Oates videos.

I was a pioneer in MTV and I was there from the very beginning. So I saw how that developed and how loose it was and how much fun it was in its looseness. And I was influenced a lot by that.

This illness made it impossible for me to give my best effort to our audience, but now that it's been identified, I'm looking forward to a complete, quick recovery and to get back out there with John as soon as possible.

I think there are people who really always have and always will care about the quality of music in general, about the sound of the music, things like that.

I have gone from one relationship to a marriage and stepchildren.

I was always an introvert as a kid. Then, when I first kind of came out as a human being, I used to be one of those guys who'd go nuts on the dance floor, and people would gather around.

I hear a lot of people singing in funny voices and singing like they're stupid. Singing in a deliberately fey and dumb and childish way. And I find it to be a disturbing trend.

Art is a continuum.

You don't have to be a good singer any more if you can rap well.

I've got a sense of humor. I'm a funny guy.

To write a good song, an artist has to drawn from reality. There has to be some spark from realism that communicates a real feeling to someone else. You have to be real. Or you have to be a really good storyteller.

I've watched the world crash and burn in every sense. I've watched the record industry crash and burn; politically I've watched it crash and burn, financially crash and burn.

The younger generation gives me more respect than I could ever hope for.

Traditionally, duos get accused of lots of things.

I was just like a 21st century person waiting to be born, and this is the medium that I thrive in. And I feel stronger now than I did any time since I've been a teenager - I mean, musically, creatively.

I'm in the trenches; I do the best work I can always do. Having said that, the way that what I do converges with the outside world is fascinating to me. Because it ebbs and flows. People's interest and understanding, it changes all the time.

You externalise extreme emotions, and you look at them objectively and understand them from a different standpoint.

I'm just about the best singer I know, and it's time for everybody to say that. I have total facility with my voice. And for some weird reason, critics don't talk about it.

Smokey Robinson is one of my heroes as a singer and songwriter; a major influence on my own music from the very start.

Reject what you don't want. Get rid of dead wood.

If you can sing, you never lose your voice. If you don't know how to sing, your voice goes away because you sing from your throat.

Some artists are nervous - most of them are, to tell you the truth, and they have different ways of exhibiting that. Some of them are boisterous, some are really quiet.

As I got older, my voice got better.

You don't have to be a good musician if you've got certain computer skills.

I returned to upstate NY where I just laid in bed for days with a fever that just wouldn't go away. After more of this, I grew increasingly sure that this was not simply the flu!

The 'Daryl's House' thing has made me into a live musician even more than I ever was, and even in the way I record.

I'm a born collaborator. This is what I was born to do, really.

I knew that I would be making music for my whole life; as far as how many people respond to it, you can't plan for that.

If you are a superstar, or whatever you want to call yourself, a person who's had outrageous success, and you decide to go indie and tell the record companies to screw themselves? That takes a certain amount of courage. And bullheadedness, really.

I'm always interested in what fans think.

Any song I don't feel good about, I shelve. Anything you ever hear me sing, it's because I want to.

I have an English family and I've lived in England for years.

If you take a bunch of superstars and put them in a room where they don't have their assistants and entourage, it's funny to see what happens.

I've always been a guy who likes to stretch my limits - to find out if I have any, really.

I had the idea of 'Live From Daryl's House' way before I contracted Lyme disease.

The Internet allows me to be more free.

Everybody who I ever cared about has told me that they like my music: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Al Green, The Spinners, Smokey Robinson. Everybody that matters.

I wanted to show the world, and myself too, what I can do. I came up in the world of Philadelphia soul, but I'm fluent in a lot of languages musically and I like working with different people from different generations.

If you see me walking down the street, you're gonna see the same guy as you do on stage, dressed the same, looking the same, and nothing changes. I'm just one person.

For years and years, I was beset with snide remarks by certain members of the press, where they would turn John Oates into a joke, or they would trivialize what I do, which never really bothered me all that much.

I'm very enthused about everything. I have a lot to say and a lot of things I'm interested in.