There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex.
In an age of incompetence, I've been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my ax and write a song. That's my job.
When I was a young musician, the only option available to pursue secondary education in music was to attend a classical conservatory.
Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself.
I did write a letter to the archdiocese who'd banned the song, Only the Good Die Young, asking them to ban my next record.
Artists - musicians, painters, writers, poets - always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.
The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.
For whatever reason, not all people are born with the particular gift of being able to express ourselves through music. And, believe me, it is a gift.
It feels great to have a #1 album.
I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.
I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.