You need two things to remain very, very present. You need to continue to write well and engage yourself in the issues of the day. And you have to continue to make good, relevant records.
Steve Van Zandt, the poor guy, doesn't get to play enough as it is with me hogging a lot of the solos. Steve has always been a fabulous guitarist. Back from the day when we were both teenagers together, he led his band and played lead and was always a hot guitar player.
I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.
A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the main you want to be.
H. C. Bailey