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I started taking piano lessons when I was about four years old. My parents were both musicians. So I took piano lessons. I didn’t like the lessons very much, but I was enchanted by music. Music always transported me somewhere. Singing made feel good and being able to play the piano made me feel good.
I didn’t really think I would be a musician. I always thought I’d be a writer. I wanted to be a writer in college, but I thought I could be a better musician. I loved the process of writing music and lyrics more than I loved the process of sitting at my computer and writing. Because of that, I thought I would be a better musician than a writer.
I think there’s a difference between the type of folk music that people put into the box of folk music and then there’s the kind of folk music that I aspire to and am in awe of, and that is the kind of folk music where it’s very limited tools – in most cases a guitar, in a self-taught style that is idiosyncratic and particular to that musician.
And with a few moments like that, with doubt from here and there, and within ourselves we were just striving for excellence. We had somehow understood and felt that all the musicians who would come to the House later on, that all the singers, the big artists, were striving for excellence in their life and we thought a house for them, there’s no limit to the excellence it should have because it should match their strive for perfection