I have complete freedom, and there`s no way to get pigeonholed or bored. What could be better than that?
I think really what I`m saying is that I thrive on adversity.
I don`t think I`ve ever laid out a batch of songs that pick myself apart the way that these do.
I`m now so keenly aware that I have everything to prove and nothing to lose.
In the past, there has always been so much pressure about carrying a show and promoting a record.
But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
I really didn`t have any plans to record prior to doing My Own Best Enemy.
And to any new fans we made along the way, I say... welcome to our party. It`s just starting to get going.
I fell off stage and bruised some ribs. The worst part was that the audience didn`t realize I was gone.
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.
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 think I do better when things are a little tougher.
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.
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.
But I`m just having fun playing and giving Botox injections to the older songs.
I didn`t want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs.
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.
People take songs so literally.
It never ceases to amaze me that I get to do this for a living.
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.
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 understand that, but this disc shows the type of music that I`ve always liked and wanted to make.
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.
But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997.
I love when people get songs wrong. I love when people take something from a song that`s totally not what I intended!
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.
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.
Doing my own album provided me the opportunity to say whatever I wanted.
It`s funny; Luther and I have written many songs together, but we`ve never written songs in the same room.
I`ve always loved groups like U2 and Coldplay.
I`ve never written a song that I thought was a hit.
When things are too easy I lose interest in them so I find ways to complicate them to get myself interested.
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.