One of the things you're doing when you make art, apart from entertaining yourself and other people, is trying to see what ways of working feel good, what feels right.
When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings - to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.
I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice.
I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones.
N. Scott Momaday