I started writing songs to try to get girls. Now I write songs to get over them - I think that's growth.
How to tell the truth without giving anything away? My songs often end up as attempts to explain things without getting too close, like exhibits at a zoo. I get the safety of the fences and the thick glass - the melodies, the instrumentation, the album art - and this safety let's me casually observe something fundamentally dangerous and untamable without risking anything. That's how it starts.
The problem, of course, is that I'm compelled to stick my fingers between the bars and pet the creature on the other side. What's fascinating about the zoo, after all, are the creatures, not the cages. The container for the thing is seldom as interesting as the thing itself, so my goal musically is to get as close as possible to the creature without getting bit, and to avoid creating really beautiful and elaborate (but empty) containers.
This chunk of text, of course, is turning out to be an elaborate container, so there's work to do. I'm hoping you'll listen to me work.