I think if I was happy to re-create the music I was making when I was 25 forever, and was not interested in developing a style, then, yeah, I should have retired by now. But I really feel that if I keep doing what I'm doing, it will get better in a natural, organic way. I am reinventing myself as I go along, without being terribly self-conscious about it.
My self-esteem doesn't really depend on who understands me and who doesn't. I'm a human being, and it's nice to be loved, but sometimes it's nice not to be. I've had enough affection and adulation in my life not to need it all the time. I could quite easily walk away from fame. Being famous is quite pleasant most of the time, but I'm not sure I need it.
Yoga is almost like music in a way; there's no end to it.
Like Yoga, the spiritual life is actually very difficult.
My job as a musician is very different from that of a prose writer - which I don't ever see myself being - because my job is to miniaturize. I take a big subject like love and make it small, where a writer takes a small subject and must make it bigger.
I've tried to bring audiences along with me on my little journey. For me, music is a spiritual path and is about learning, I'm still a student. If I bring a certain percentage of people along from The Police to my own work and now to a new place, like Dowland, then I feel my job is very satisfying.
One of the rewards of success is freedom, the ability to do whatever you like.
I take getting older seriously. I'm 58, which I never imagined I'd reach - I thought I'd die young. I look in the mirror and see my dad - 'I thought you were dead,' I say - and that's nice. This has been my favourite decade. I've had more fun at this age than any other. For the first time, I can taste my life, and it tastes sweet. I like to think the next decade will be even sweeter.
I think I've always had a sort of fantasy or dream that I would like to make a living playing music. It seemed to be the most noble thing I could imagine. I had no idea how it was done, how you actually break into that sphere, but I always had this belief that music, no matter who you were playing to, was always going to be nourishing to me.
I have a big problem with piped music. I like either silence or to listen to it properly.
I don't understand American football at all. It looks like all-in wrestling with crash helmets.
I come from a family of losers, and I've rejected my family as something I don't want to be like.
You have to be yourself. Be very honest about who and what you are. And if people still like you, that's great. If they don't, that's their problem.
I quite enjoy balancing the artistic side of my work with the commercial side. I like selling a lot of records. But I've been lucky in that I've never had to tailor my music to satisfy that market demand.
I like to think I'm less about rock and roll and more about songs. I think songwriting is a tradition that's older than rock and roll. I could live without rock and roll. I haven't got this sort of religious reverie for rock and roll. I think it's incredibly reactionary and boring.
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