I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment
I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around me to help take music to next level. Being surrounded by so much creative energy, so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me
I did a song, "Court and Spark," for a Joni Mitchell tribute album that's yet to see the light of day. So she's someone I'd like to do something with, sure. I worked with the great guitar player Bill Frisell on Phantom Moon - that was fun. I'm such a fan; he's amazing.
I make the kind of music I like
I actually am always a music first person
I started playing music at a pretty young age
Emerson, Lake & Palmer or King Crimson or Gentle Giant - the worst prog rock references I can come up with. Though I totally loved those groups as a kid.
But really important, perhaps most important is the craft; how you make your record, the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.
Ultimately, if I'm really moved by something, it's going to go on the record and that's that
I'm a pretty big P.J. Harvey record fan and you can really hear New York in his record
I think in a way I was probably completely naive about what it takes to make something become a hit
So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.
I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record, what I want to do is what I do
I feel fortunate about being able to make the music I want to make and getting away with it
Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration
So, once I've written a song, you know, I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.
I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that.
For my second record I had gotten ProTools and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
Things come to me pretty regularly. There is never a shortage or a backlog
I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less implicit in the music rather than explicit
If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record
My first two records were more energetic; Phantom Moon is subtle, quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected
I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects
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