Every song you write you think is the last one you're going to manage. You put everything you've got into the song, and you've twisted it and pulled at it and dug in and found a way to complete it. To get another one is the trick.
My songs have always had hope and perseverance in them - I never write songs that have no escape hatch, no positivity.
I've got a life that really matters to me, and that's because of the way I was raised. My ethics are high because my parents did a great job.
Those things interest me a lot in songwriting - the human nature of how people think, and the muck that we wind up in.
If people want to talk about Bob Dylan, I can talk about that. But my dad belongs to me and four other people exclusively. I'm very protective of that. And telling people whether he was affectionate is telling people a lot. It has so little to do with me. I come up against a wall.
To us, there was Bob Dylan, and there was dad. As for what he meant to other people, that was never glorified in our house. There were no accolades there, no gold records.
You have to have a work ethic, and you have to be educated in what you're doing. You have to take it seriously. It doesn't mean that everything you do has to be serious. But you've got to have the tools.
I don't feel like I chose to do music as much as I made a decision to not stop doing music.
I'm in an area where I want to make music that I'm thrilled with, but, you know, I do have to worry about putting food on the table. I'm in that position where I cannot always be gauging what things might become. I have to look ahead, because I'm cautious.
I liked getting the Grammy more than not getting it.
It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
When I listen back to my music and everyone else that's out there, I'm aware that there's something I can do that the next guy doesn't do.
Writing songs is a trade like anything else.
You couldn't really like a bad guitar in 1960 'cause everybody was pretty good.
You might have a favorite band and really dislike one of the records. That's fine.
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