I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18.
I wanted to modernize music, but more than that, to completely modernize people's attitudes towards life in general.
I'm attending to my legacy, making sure that it travels the universe in the best shape I can get it into. For as long as I'm alive, I'll still be its interpreter.
At school, I was always daydreaming and fiddling in inkwells, but I had to learn to grow up and become articulate. And doing that was what brought me into writing songs. It's like therapy for me, because it exposes what I'm really thinking.
Every song has a bouquet, which is the music. If you can put words with something that is really apt, then you've done it.
In cities, people go to work and all walk there together, like some arterial flow. And there's a certain desolation about it, an alienation that we all experience.
In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.