You can tell a lot about the personality of an artist by their work. Things seem to surface subconsciously. In all your years as a musician, what have you learned about yourself through your own music?
Not much. My songs are an extension of my personality. They seem to underline and italicize things that I’m already semi-aware of. I don’t believe that I have a vast pool of subconscious muck in my brain. Past circumstances have forced me to wade into those areas and inspect them. I think that the learning happens before you write the song. The preparation is life itself.
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