You know Quincy Jones was a great mentor but he was a man in a man’s world. Fortunately he’s a very sensitive man and a beautiful human being and even though he was 14 or 15 years older than me he’s a capable human being and has great communication skills.
You know the interesting thing about having traveled around the country as much as I have and I think it’s sort of inadvertently what made me come out or at least begin doing things within the community and thinking more about that was that I get to travel quite a bit.
Really you just gotta keep chugging along and keep a positive attitude and get through all the problems. You gotta face them otherwise you don’t get through.
I don’t know any other lifestyle. I get up in the morning and I really do feel that the world is my oyster and I start that way the same as I would if I were preparing to write a song: put a blank piece of paper up on the piano and you go for it.
I think I turned to writing really just to wake up in the morning and be a musician and to have something to do and feel like a musician every day even if I wasn’t working.