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That’s so hard, though.
Yeah, smoking was the big thing. But it took me probably six months to recover once I was done touring. I took voice lessons. I took acupuncture. I took an adrenal supplement. I did everything that I could to rest, and I slept as much as possible.
What’s the best meal you’ve had recently?
There’s this amazing restaurant in Greenpoint called Anella, and it’s super fresh food with really beautiful arrangements on the plate and pretty affordable prices. It’s very different than anywhere I’ve eaten in a really long time, where you almost don’t even want to touch the plate because it’s so beautiful. It’s like, “Is that a monarch butterfly, but also a steak? That’s crazy!” We should go there when you come back here.
I have a theory that most songwriters are either lyrics-first people, or music/melody-first, and my theory is that you’re a lyrics-first person. Am I right?
Hmm. Interesting. Usually I have one line that comes first, but the whole entire melody usually comes with it. But it’s funny because I base stream of consciousness singing around the one line I wrote first, and then the whole song is based around that. Then I end up going back to edit the stream of conscious lyrics with the melody because I feel like the melodies are usually more interesting than the things that I write about.
If you could say that you have a favorite thing about touring and a least favorite thing, what would those be?
My favorite thing is getting to know everyone you’re playing with a lot better, and having stories and private jokes that when you get home no one will get. You’re like, “Yeah, this just happened to me!” And everyone’s like, “That’s really not that crazy,” and it’s like, “I guess you had to be there, there was this clown in the street, he said ‘hi,’ and there was this thing…”
Yeah, none of your stories end up working in real life, I know. It’s a bummer, they never translate.My least favorite, I would say, is when you don’t have time to be outside, and you’re just driving all day long, and you get to the venue and you don’t get to experience anything outside that routine. And not being able to have a decent meal and just feeling like you’re 500 pounds every day because, like, the best breakfast you can get regularly is at Starbucks.