I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.
They're different kinds of challenges depending upon what phase of life I'm in.
I remember thinking during those times that I wanted to write in a way where there are no rules.
The thing I always default to is that I'll always be here to write songs.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
It's when someone has an agenda of their own for the record that it doesn't work for me.
Making a movie requires 20 to 500 people to make and a lot of money and the stakes are a lot higher.
I try to keep a low profile in general. Not with my art, but just as a person.
I really do see that anywhere I am, whether it's doing interviews a hundred in a row, that every situation I'm in, I'm at choice in the matter.
I could write six songs in one day with everything that's going on.
In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
I think some fans want everything to stay they same because they want to stay the same.
What I try to keep in mind is that there are going to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative of what I'm about as a person and as a writer.
I'll keep evolving and put that into my songs.
I was born in '74, so I missed out on all the great early '60s and early '70s.
And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they're here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.
And I always laugh at that, because I think I've always been doing what I want to do since Day 1.
The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
I love songs that are very autobiographical.
But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.
I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.
Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn't, I don't really see a point to it.
We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect.
I see the whole concept of Generation X implies that everyone has lost hope.