Matt Berninger, American Musician ( February 13, 1971 - )

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A person with grace is somebody who's socially graceful or is a classy person, but sometimes you just feel the opposite of that, and you just feel like a jerk and a loser and a weirdo.~Matt Berninger

Grace Classy You

My favourite store? Seize Sur Vingt in New York. They make most of my suits, and they are really cool people.~Matt Berninger

Cool People Suits

A suit is a sign of respect.~Matt Berninger

Respect Suit Sign

The truth is, I'm pretty lighthearted.~Matt Berninger

Truth Truth Is Pretty

I love to make songs out of some of those shadows - you know, some of the things you lie awake thinking about, social anxieties and romantic insecurities and all that stuff.~Matt Berninger

Love Romantic Thinking

People will dig their heels in and fight for the things they love and against the things they hate.~Matt Berninger

Love Hate Fight

The same song can have drastically different feels and personalities just by changing some minor things. A different drumbeat or some vocal overdub could completely transform the song.~Matt Berninger

Song Same Different

Getting on stage and performing and standing under lights is such an unsettling experience - in a good and bad way - but it's the only place I can go to feel comfortable.~Matt Berninger

Experience Good Place

A lot of my lyrics are approximate meaning without me knowing why they sound right.~Matt Berninger

Me Meaning Sound

I don't play an instrument. I pretend. I try to.~Matt Berninger

Play Try Pretend

Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave know best. Although I wear a lot of jeans, I've been told that Nick Cave doesn't own a pair and wouldn't be caught dead in denim.~Matt Berninger

Best Know Dead

Sometimes you have to wear what you want.~Matt Berninger

Want You Sometimes

I'm a stubborn guy that loses his temper, sometimes driving the station wagon in the wrong direction for hours and hours and never admitting that he's gone the wrong way.~Matt Berninger

Driving Direction Stubborn

I watched R.E.M. connect with the back row of a 50,000-seat venue.~Matt Berninger

Back Connect Row

Once you do have a child, you want to talk about every detail of it. And it is really boring to all your friends, and it should be. I was really worried about even going there at all.~Matt Berninger

Friends Child Want

I don't love being on the road.~Matt Berninger

Love Road Being

A lot of the lyrics I write involve images that just swing the song in a way that feels really good to me and there isn't a literal explanation. They're not riddles for the listener to solve.~Matt Berninger

Good Me Song

Usually, writing lyrics for me is like bleeding drop by drop from the forehead.~Matt Berninger

Writing Me Like

'Alligator' was the first record that anyone paid attention to, and it seemed like it was the screamy songs that got us that attention.~Matt Berninger

Attention Alligator First

At first, when 'Boxer' came out, people were a little let down, and we worried that it might be the end for us. But then it began to grow on people. 'Boxer' bought us our creative freedom.~Matt Berninger

Freedom End Creative

When it comes to lyrics, I just write down a lot of things, and only a very tiny fraction of it, I think, is any good.~Matt Berninger

Good Think Down

I do a lot of editing and switching around and putting little pieces together to get the right mood and personality, and it takes me forever to get a song finished.~Matt Berninger

Personality Together Me

Lyrics need to be good, but they don't need to be obvious right away.~Matt Berninger

Good Away Right

The lyrics are what I work on the hardest, but I'm not trying to make a perfectly clear message or anything like that. In fact, I'm usually trying to avoid saying something too directly, because usually that rings false anyway.~Matt Berninger

Work Trying Saying