I meet people in my daily life, people who seem to experience some change and some growth on a personal level, and that gives me hope.
We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives. It's supposed to help us communicate, but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.
Men are able to sustain a career into their 50s and 60s and still present themselves as sex symbols. With women, on the other hand, people say, 'Why doesn't she retire?'
Music was never just a hobby for me. I'd pick up a guitar every day to work on whatever I was writing at the time. I would put my ideas in songs the way some people might put them in diaries or journals.
I found myself in the middle of a race riot when I was about 14 years old, and I found someone pointing a gun at me and telling me to run or they'd shoot me.
I'm still thinking and hoping there's an opportunity for people to have better lives and that significant change can occur.
Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies or a line or two or a verse.
Love's a recurring theme through my work.
At this point in my life I'd like to live as if only love mattered.
If you are living a life that feels right to you, if you're willing to take creative chances or a creative path that feels like it's mostly in keeping with your sensibilities, you know, aesthetic and artistic, then that's what matters.
I often write either really early in the morning, or really late at night.
Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.
We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived.
I dressed up as a veterinarian for a Halloween costume party. I had the lab coat. I got a couple of stuffed animals for patients and put bandages on them.
I'm a hopeful cynic.
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