You’re definitely getting more used to my style! I like playing old tunes, so I try to stay in one of those style ranges, whether it’s a very simple, soft voice. But the more you can do with it, the more comfortable it is. I try to not look too far ahead. I still have my heart in the music, so I’m not that far ahead yet.
Do you think about whether you’ll ever make it big as a singer?
I can’t imagine myself making it big as a singer. It’s about being true both to yourself. I like being present. I enjoy my life and I love people. I think it’s very simple: what is the good life? If you’re happy with what you’re doing, it’s good enough. If you’re unhappy, you’ll just have to work on improving it. But I’m very happy I have the opportunity to sing live and do a lot of work with the band, because it’s really good for me. I’m so glad to do it!
Your solo record was recorded at Nectar’s Studio in Brooklyn. How does that relationship with that venue help you?
It’s the most beautiful and warm setting in the whole world. There’s so much sound in that room! You get the most out of your equipment. You’re not afraid to push it to the edge and make the best record you have. It’s all about the music! With every album, I’ve gotten more into the music, and trying to keep a good rhythm. In our studio, it was good for me in that it allowed me to make the best song possible, and you can have that consistency of performance over so many albums. That’s one of the most difficult things for any musician ever, to constantly be constantly playing and putting your heart and soul into it. To do that for so long and be always on the verge of perfection is really tough.
Is there any song you’ve never sung that you regret singing?
I can’t choose my personal favorites, really. There are a few songs that have been so influential to me. I’ve always loved songs like ‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ ‘Ain’t Nothin’ on You,’ and ‘No More Sadness.’
You have a good song ‘My Friend’, but can you hear yourself singing it?
Yes. In a way, I feel I have some of that. There are a few songs on
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