"Nils Lofgren is the beginning of a new thing for me. I don't look upon this album as my fifth LP. It's my first solo album and there are a lot of differences. The record is the closest I've come to getting down on tape what I've been trying to do...I felt I had absorbed enough about recording from David [Briggs] and Neil [Young] to be able to add something of my own as a producer. I took a lot of responsibility for the arrangements and lengths of songs; and David was happy to see me do it because it freed him to concentration the engineering. But the main difference is that for the first time I was writing songs for just myself. And this is the first time I haven't tried to sing beyond my potential. I tried to sing just like me, regardless of what I thought of it. I finally realized that if you're ever going to be really good, you have to start by being yourself."
"I'm a musician before I'm anything. I'd say my music was 60%, my lyrics 40...I think my music is strong enough to provide a good balance."
"My career is the most important thing to me. It's my whole life. I've gone through a lot of personal changes....But none of them can touch the heaviness of a musical change--good or bad."
- Nils on His Own: Teen Love Forever. Paul Nelson. Rolling Stone.