I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song. Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain?
I want to sell to people my own age, because that's the way I write songs.
This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
I just think if the song's good, sing it. I don't care who's doing it. I don't care if it's a country act. I don't care if it's a rock act. If the song's good, sing it.
A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs. He would rework the melody and lyrics, and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
Rock'n'roll starts between the legs and goes through the heart, then to the head. As long as it does those three things, it's a great rock song.
Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't considered cover records, but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.
I have a bunch of information in my head that I'm not afraid to put in song or onto a canvas. Into any conversation.
I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago. My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.
I don't have to worry about any pop sensibility. I can write adult songs, and I don't have to worry about choruses and hook lines.
In so many musicals today, the story is moved forward by a song. I don't think we're gonna try to do that.
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