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 actually am always a music first person
It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do
If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record
I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less implicit in the music rather than explicit
Things come to me pretty regularly. There is never a shortage or a backlog
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
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 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
My second record was all about big ideas - I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar
Happy music doesn't tend to move me much
I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that
I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
For my second record I had gotten ProTools and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
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.
And frankly, when I made that record, hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.
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.
When I was a teenager, I got into four track recorders, drum machines, and synthesizers, and I started producing instrumental music.
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