I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven't got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It's never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don't know what I'm going to get next.
As Elton John, my days on pop radio are over, and I know that and I accept it and I'm not unhappy about it.
I have a much better relationship with the press than I did, I think because I stood my ground.
If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good.