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It's nice to finally have a CD out which reflects my songwriting, my singing and the band that I have.
Sometimes I hate writing songs. Because it hurts sometimes. I'm very emotional.
I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.
I've supported myself by writing since 1992, and I'm probably very nearly unemployable by now because employers are likely to be put off by the long gap.
The idea of writing songs because you're depressed and you need to communicate it somehow, that isn't really true for me.
To be really great, you need to be naturally funny in order to stand out. But you can work at it, and find the best vehicle that you have to communicate what you're saying to people.
I don't want my reputation to take me over, I just want to be judged on my songs. I want people to come and see me because they want to, not because fashion dictates it.
Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or other band members or a camera. I can just sit in a room and write songs.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.