To me, a political song is also a personal song. Most political activism has been driven by empathy for other people and the desire for a world that's less divisive. Even if songs aren't overtly political, they can make a listener more empathetic.
I keep my eyes closed a lot when I'm singing because sometimes it's distracting to see people.
One of my best friends, Mike, had a kid. Just seeing him go through it all was inspiring. It would be so nice to care about someone more than yourself. And Mike is a total delinquent, so if he can do it, I figure I can, too.
I kind of go in waves with reading. Sometimes I read all the time, and sometimes I can't get settled enough to focus.