People take songs so literally.
And to any new fans we made along the way, I say... welcome to our party. It's just starting to get going.
As a songwriter, there's nothing better than winning Song Of The Year. But I couldn't really celebrate, because it wasn't right. Luther wasn't standing next to me, to receive the award.
I don't think it is pressure but I am aware sometimes, especially on this new album, that people were going to really pay attention.
One time Robert Plant was set to check into the same room after I checked out, so I removed every light bulb and ordered up a bunch of stinky cheese and put it under the mattress.
I've always loved groups like U2 and Coldplay.
I really don't and I don't know how many years I've been making records, 17 years or whatever, I don't think I've ever picked a favourite.
But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
In the past, there has always been so much pressure about carrying a show and promoting a record.
But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997.
I fell off stage and bruised some ribs. The worst part was that the audience didn't realize I was gone.
Doing my own album provided me the opportunity to say whatever I wanted.
I had been working on this album for quite some time and I actually signed with EMIManhattan prior to the Grammy win.
It's funny; Luther and I have written many songs together, but we've never written songs in the same room.
But I'm just having fun playing and giving Botox injections to the older songs.
I'm happy, I would say that I'm one of the happiest people I know but I've certainly had periods of profound sadness, depression and heartache and those are the kind of things that are interesting to me to write about.
I understand that, but this disc shows the type of music that I've always liked and wanted to make.
I'm now so keenly aware that I have everything to prove and nothing to lose.
I've never written a song that I thought was a hit.
I don't think I've ever laid out a batch of songs that pick myself apart the way that these do.
I think really what I'm saying is that I thrive on adversity.
I am having fun being an artist, and I'm looking forward to touring with my band, and playing the new and old songs live.
I'm more proud of these lyrics than I've been with any other album, but they can be a little uncomfortable for me to listen to.
When things are too easy I lose interest in them so I find ways to complicate them to get myself interested.
My joke, which isn't really a joke, is that there will be one of two tours: the tour for the album that does well, or the tour for the album that stiffs.
I've never, ever in my life enjoyed playing live the way I am now.
It never ceases to amaze me that I get to do this for a living.
I can't wait to front my band with these new songs and play for fans, but I've decided to keep my day job too.
I didn't want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs.
I have complete freedom, and there's no way to get pigeonholed or bored. What could be better than that?
I really didn't have any plans to record prior to doing My Own Best Enemy.
I think I do better when things are a little tougher.
Ultimately it seems to do well for me, I seem to do better so instead of me being my own worst enemy, I'm my own best enemy I guess.
Even if the record is really successful, it's not going to change my future as a producer if it means recording another record, great.
What a gift, after all these years, to feel what it's like to go out every night and play my music simply because I wish to. No agenda. No pressure. Just... .do it.
Creatively speaking, the past five or six years have been the most fun of my career.
The only thing that's a little tricky about it is sometimes people assume that if it's a new song, it's a reflection of what you're feeling or going through now.
So it was just a case of getting a bunch of songs that I had been writing for years but hadn't recorded together, and the result was My Own Best Enemy.
I love when people get songs wrong. I love when people take something from a song that's totally not what I intended!
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