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Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke Parks

A Southern Gentleman in Hollywood 1982

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(L-R) Richard Hill Parks, III and Van Dyke Parks, LA 1984

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Van Dyke Parks, LA 1984

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Van Dyke Parks and Stephen Stills, Record Plant Recording Studios, LA 1990

What is your strongest characteristic as a human being?

That I am a musician, and I’ve taken the line of greatest resistance to health and happiness. I am not a mathematician, but I realize that music is the highest math and I would like to learn the language. My strongest characteristic is the application of what has been called virtue in playing the role. In the words of the bard, “The play’s the thing.”

What was the first piece of music you wrote?

I wrote down my first piece of music when I was seven, and it was called “March.” There were two sections to the march, one was like a lion and one was like a lamb.


  

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