What is the line between the two?
It’s a strange distinction. What I can do is play a musical instrument like a guitar, but it doesn’t make me an artist or a writer. It’s something I enjoy, but if something’s a quality it just is what it is.
Are there specific kinds of music you’d like to explore next?
I think I’m excited to try new music and new styles. There are so many of us who can do that. I love the blues, but I like music from different eras, not just the old school blues. I’m a big fan of hip hop. I listen to it on the subway sometimes.
And what about rock?
I’d like to work on that. I’d like to work with other rock bands or other musicians who have a different sense of melody than me. I’ve got some ideas, but to what’s exactly a music that I can work well with other than just playing jazz?
Do you play piano or guitar?
I use this instrument that goes on your desk. It’s an old guitar that was on my father’s side, and it’s made out of wood. It goes on a desk and it’s a little bit different than what people are used to. But it’s got some beautiful sound but it’s got a little bit of a different feel.
Do you find that you become the instrument you play best when you’re in concert?
When there is no crowd and no people around just playing the piano. I used to like going to concerts in the late 90s and early 2000s just going to a club like this, where the other people came and just played on the floor, and then I would just play with my guitar all night, and get drunk and watch movies in that club. I would say, “Wow! That’s really interesting!” And so now I am in a bar, and I’m watching a guy play on the piano. He’s playing some kind of jazz thing, and I get very interested in that. I’ll say, “What is that? That’s good!” And he’ll say “Yeah, that’s exactly what I wanted to do!” And I say, “Oh my God!” And he starts singing on the floor. And I am mesmerized by that.
Does your style differ between playing piano and playing your guitar?
I can play both, but the guitar just gets to me a little bit. When
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