I love when people get songs wrong. I love when people take something from a song that's totally not what I intended!
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.
People take songs so literally.
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've never, ever in my life enjoyed playing live the way I am now.
But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
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.
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.
I understand that, but this disc shows the type of music that I've always liked and wanted to make.
It's funny; Luther and I have written many songs together, but we've never written songs in the same room.
Doing my own album provided me the opportunity to say whatever I wanted.
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.
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.
But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997.