Thoughts on songwriting:
"That's another way of writing a song, of course. Just talking to somebody that ain't there. That's the best way. That's the truest way. Then it just becomes a question of how heroic your speech is."
“You put yourself into some sort of trance to receive certain songs. You know, it’s like setting a trap for a song. It’s like fishing or anything else. You have to be real quiet to catch the big ones.”
"Once a song enters the mill, it's worked on by everything that I can summon. And I need everything. I try everything... all the versions of myself that I can summon are summoned to participate in this project, this workforce."