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" But once you have some success in one style, the business wants to lock you in that vein forever. "
" 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. "
" When things are too easy I lose interest in them so I find ways to complicate them to get myself interested. "
" 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. "
" I've always loved groups like U2 and Coldplay. "
" 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 love when people get songs wrong. I love when people take something from a song that's totally not what I intended! "
" I'm now so keenly aware that I have everything to prove and nothing to lose. "
" It's funny; Luther and I have written many songs together, but we've never written songs in the same room. "
" I really didn't have any plans to record prior to doing My Own Best Enemy. "
" I have complete freedom, and there's no way to get pigeonholed or bored. What could be better than that? "
" Doing my own album provided me the opportunity to say whatever I wanted. "
" I didn't want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs. "
" I've never written a song that I thought was a hit. "
" 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. "
" In the past, there has always been so much pressure about carrying a show and promoting a record. "
" I fell off stage and bruised some ribs. The worst part was that the audience didn't realize I was gone. "
" 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. "
" My joke, which isn't really a joke, is that there will be one of two tours: the tour for the album that does well, or the tour for the album that stiffs. "
" But more importantly, I think he remembered how very close I was with my own dad, who had died in 1997. "
" People take songs so literally. "
" I think really what I'm saying is that I thrive on adversity. "
" I think I do better when things are a little tougher. "
" I don't think I've ever laid out a batch of songs that pick myself apart the way that these do. "
" I understand that, but this disc shows the type of music that I've always liked and wanted to make. "