I don't know whether the text of this whole interview exists, but I
   heard a small portion rebroadcast a couple of weeks in honor of
   Frank's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It apparently was
   from an interview by Terry Gross on her NPR program, Fresh Air. I only
   have a small segment of it, but Frank's position on "heartfelt music"
   is interesting, and I thought it was worth posting.
   
   -Yirmeyahu
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   Terry Gross: The songs that you've done are almost all parody. You're
   mocking conventions, and never kind of pouring your heart out, you
   know? And I wonder why.
   
   Frank Zappa: Well first of all. There's no need for anyone to
   understand what lives in my heart, if in fact such an organ exists.
   Secondly, in contemporary terms, I think that it is a despicable thing
   to do, to earn your living by sharing your personal inner turmoil with
   somebody else for money. I don't like those kinds of singer-songwriter
   types who are always weeping about the tragedy in their life. I mean,
   why? Who needs it? Everybody else has got theirs.
   
   Terry Gross: Well, I mean you don't have to be whining to sing a good
   ballad.
   
   Frank Zappa: Well... Yeah but usually they are. And that's the
   problem.
   
   Terry Gross: Do you feel that there are any things that you have been
   musically held back from doing because of the lack of commercial
   potential in it, or do you feel that you've done what you wanted to do
   no matter what?
   
   Frank Zappa: Well I continue to do what I like to do, but whether or
   not anybody ever hears it is a matter of access to air-time.
   
   Terry Gross: So you have a lot of things that you are doing at home
   now that you think most of us probably won't get to hear because it
   won't get recorded.
   
   Frank Zappa: Oh, it will get recorded, but whether or not you will
   ever find the record in a store or ever hear the record played on the
   air, that's the question. The material does exist.
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