Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it's all at, it's what lights the fire.
I'm interested in what it means to live in America. I'm interested in the kind of country that we live in and leave our kids. I'm interested in trying to define what that country is. I got the chutzpa or whatever you want to say to believe that if I write a really good about it, it's going to make a difference.
I had tried to go to college, and I didn't really fit in. I went to a real narrow-minded school where people gave me a lot of trouble, and I was hounded off the campus - I just looked different and acted different, so I left school.
The audiences are there as a result of my history with the band but also as a result of my being able to reach people with a tune.