I am not good at aligning myself with any movement that comes along but also I don't like the thought of sitting back and doing nothing.
If in anything I have faith in something you could call the human spirit - I have faith it will always save itself at the last minute.
You may think things didn't change much after the 60s 'revolution' - but they did. The levels of prescriptive disapproval for anyone who stepped outside the norm receded.
Can't quite believe it after being so used to being musically invisible for so long. It makes me feel very warm to know that people who are the same age as I was when I wrote those songs understand them for what they were and find something in them.
All the new songs have been written since the re-issue of Diamond Day. With my first royalties I got a Mac and a little mixer and a keyboard, figured out the basics of a music program, and gradually started to write and record the songs and the arrangements.
I listen to other people's music now. I didn't for many years but now I am fascinated again as much as I was when I started out.
I chose the songs for the music more than for the lyrical content and it wasn't until the end of the recording and when we were trying to decide running order that I realized how sad a lot of the songs could sound.
I knew I wanted to do something that wasn't just domestic and endless but I had no idea what and no inkling that it could ever be music.
I have been struck by the way all the young people I've met through coming back to music are so much more generous-spirited with each other than I remembered people being. It gives me hope.
I'm sure the audience could see me trembling. I want to do more live work; my next goal is to shake the fear.
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