About 20 years ago, there was this group of about five or 10 people who went downstairs after a party to a bar that had a piano. This woman asked me to play one of my songs that I hadn’t played in years [“Late For the Sky”]. I didn’t know it anymore, so she sat there and coaxed me along. She knew every word. I realized a lot of time had passed since I had written it, but it still stayed alive in her. Now I sing it all the time and I enjoy it even more because it did live on with someone.
One great thing that I’ve experienced is that some of the songs mean more to me now. They are imbued with the rest of my life experience, which somehow amplifies certain things in the song. “Fountain of Sorrow” is another. Songs from that period are from another time, but they complement what I write now and illuminate the passing of time.