Life is hard and it gets worse and worse and worse.
There's just a lot of stuff that really moves me, and I don't know how to express it, and I just want to try to do the best I can and surround myself with good people who don't invalidate me.
For me, the moment the mic is on and it's rolling, it's impossible to vocally relax for some reason. But one day, I'm going to be able to sing the way I sang when I was a little kid, completely open and free. That's, I think, the one thing that's changed: Growing older, I'm not ashamed to hear my voice.
I've always done things myself. I've never bragged or screamed that I produced a record before. I never told anybody.
I am human and I make mistakes.
After my second-to-last record, 'The Greatest', I had gone on tour for a while, and I didn't play an instrument for about five years. And I got kind of - it's not self-esteem or whatever, or anger toward myself - but disappointed in myself that I hadn't been challenging myself to learn musically.
I got more guts than brains, and that's my problem.
I think the hardest thing about my life is that I've met so many people all over the world who I love, but they're not friends with each other.
I've never had a clique. It's impossible when you're always traveling.
We're always going to remind ourselves of our mistakes and how we do things differently, trying to be a better person or whatever.
I got told so many times I needed a manager. For a long time I resisted, and I finally got one so I can pay my mortgage, and it helped me from becoming a homeless person.
Usually, I'll just sit down at a piano or with a guitar, and I'll just be relaxed and playing music. Because that's what relaxes your subconscious. That's why everyone from animals to humans love music.
I don't come from money or an educated family background or any sort of supportive family life, so all of my choices are made on my own.
I still haven't been able to capture the joy of what it's like when I sing - you know, when I'm by myself, or like when I was a little kid.
I'm not a professional entertainer. I'm not Neil Diamond.
I've always dressed like a dude.
If your parents gave you fire to play with when you were two, you'd be standing in fire by the time you were an adult.
Nobody considers a covers record an album.
People and their religions don't affect me.
From folk to tribal to Cab Calloway, Cole Porter, Gershwin to the Rolling Stones, whose first record was all covers, to country-western, bebop, blues, and even the referencing in classic hip hop to cliched love ballads of the '80s or whatever - that is kinda gone, and that's just terrifying to me.