I'm happy, I would say that I'm one of the happiest people I know but I've certainly had periods of profound sadness, depression and heartache and those are the kind of things that are interesting to me to write about.
But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
When things are too easy I lose interest in them so I find ways to complicate them to get myself interested.
I didn't want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs.
I'm now so keenly aware that I have everything to prove and nothing to lose.
It never ceases to amaze me that I get to do this for a living.
I don't think I've ever laid out a batch of songs that pick myself apart the way that these do.
And to any new fans we made along the way, I say... welcome to our party. It's just starting to get going.
I have complete freedom, and there's no way to get pigeonholed or bored. What could be better than that?
I think really what I'm saying is that I thrive on adversity.
But I'm just having fun playing and giving Botox injections to the older songs.
I've never written a song that I thought was a hit.
People take songs so literally.
As a songwriter, there's nothing better than winning Song Of The Year. But I couldn't really celebrate, because it wasn't right. Luther wasn't standing next to me, to receive the award.
My joke, which isn't really a joke, is that there will be one of two tours: the tour for the album that does well, or the tour for the album that stiffs.
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