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Dave Mathews: "I find it much more surprising that death is not part of the conversation at all."

 Excerpt from interview with Dave Mathews, in Rolling Stone magazine, 1/22/04, p. 54:

Q. Death is often a major focal point of your songwriting, partly because so many people close to you - your father, your sister, childhood friends - have had untimely deaths.

Dave Mathews: I find it much more surprising that death is not part of the conversation at all. I guess as a culture we've grown to admire youth and the naive wonder of youth as somehow better than the wrinkles and wisdom that come with age, and that somehow there's a fault in accepting mortality. That is fucking stupid. Not to say that death isn't shocking, but if there wasn't death, life would be fucking useless. We'd be bored to tears. Mortality makes it so much more spectacular.

That's the thing we should talk about more than the delusions of grandeur that come along in the afterlife. What an utter waste of time. But I guess it's more comforting if you think there's this Santa Claus in the sky who's waiting to make us happy, or if we haven't been good, he's not going to give us any presents.

God has no plan. It's simpler to think that we'll go to heaven or hell when we die. To me, that seems like away to avoid living.