It reset and mended my freshly damaged and distorted view of life, and made me recognize that this thing we call music, this primal expression that we reshape and refine and define ourselves with, is the gift I was given. The ability to communicate what others feel but cannot fully express, the passing down and around of songs and stories, from Pete Townshend to Joey Ramone to me, to the audiences who take the time and effort to support our work and give us a way to support ourselves -- I'm thinking this is what I am supposed to be doing.
I do a lot of, and I use the term loosely, "comedy" in my show or personality you know? And I do it for a reason and that is I've learned that people will clap to be nice but they WILL NOT laugh to be nice, so if their laughing you can pretty much tell their having a good time. So that's the purpose. It's never been important that everyone leaves their seat thinking "he's the best singer I've ever heard" but it is important everyone leaves saying "I really enjoyed that." That's my goal when I perform.