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"The whole artistic side of it is connected with it, as well," he points out. "Just the whole other cultures and other people, especially the Native American culture, what was done to them in the name of God. All the bullshit that was placed on them — which really has nothing to do with God at all. It has to do with white colonial ideas. That has nothing to do with God and the Scriptures. This is completely man-imposed and man's ideas of control and power and progress. My relationship with God is what gives me the ability, I hope, to have a connection with other cultures and to have the proper respect for them and their culture and for their spiritual ideas. I do it through music, which is a great place to be. In a lot of ways, it's just, 'Oh, you like my music? I like your music too.' Then you have a relationship and you can build on that."
Humble about his considerable accomplishments, Edwards is refreshingly philosophical about the appeal of the music he's written in his longer-than-average career. "I don't expect people to like what I do," he muses. "I like it when they do, but I don't expect it, because why should I? There's a million people playing music, and thousands upon thousands of people go to shows that I would never go to.
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"And that's one thing I've learned over the course of my career — that I cannot judge other people's music," he concludes. "I can never say, 'This music is better than this music,' because people have different tastes and different ideas about what they want. Who am I to say? I do what I do, and if people are interested in it, great! But more often than not, they're not."
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