It is all about being open and paying attention to the music in your head. I think most people have original music playing in their heads from time to time.
I feel like I have the greatest life an artist could dream of.
I wrote songs all my life, where anyone wanted to hear them or not.
As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand. There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.
By the time I did that third solo album, I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned that I liked being in a band.
It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.
I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out.
I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.
When it stops being fun, stop.
You can have fun, but you also have to put on your thinking cap every day.
I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds.
Around '75 when the recession hit, club owners started going to disco because it was cheaper for them to just buy a sound system than it was to hire a band.
Les Pauls work out real well for me because I'll beat the hell out of them and they'll still work. The only trouble with them is finding good ones.
If music became extinct now, I don't know what I'd be good for.