… To all my American tumblr pals. Enjoy!
… John wasn’t so hard on himself about Battle Studies, and some individual songs, but as a writer and creative being, I kind of understand where he’s coming from. It’s the environment around which he’s writing, the mood as he says, the circumstances in his life and career that he takes as part of the whole when he’s talking about his work. I get that.
I’m really hoping he does an album of all these cast-off songs he talks about in the interview with Richard Young (sorta like Springsteen did with Tracks) and I especially want to hear this “Tonight We’re Living Proof” - the mystery song that Don Was talked about that didn’t feel right for B&R and would have been misunderstood.
Anyone have audio or video of it?
RY: I want to ask you about Brazil. I wasn’t there, but I saw videos and photos, and I read about it. And it just looked like such an event and extravaganza. Can you talk about that experience and what was so memorable about that for you?
JM: It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience. It was a revelation for me that there is still so much more to be had in terms of geographically going to places. More to be had in terms of how many people you can get into one area to celebrate one song. It showed me that what I think is the top or the limit isn’t the limit. I have a deep love for that country now.
RY: Was the show in Sao Paolo the biggest crowd you’d ever played in front of who exclusively came to see you?
JM: Yes, 35,000. It was incredible and the same energy was there in Rio. I needed that this year.
Again, I’m an old new artist. Sao Paolo had this moment with Dear Marie that was just incredible. It really taught me that there is more out there to dream for.
I can feel a little over the hill sometimes or a little over the hump. It’s just the first hump. Plenty more humps to go up, and that showed me that there is an international hump to go up.
There’s a lot more the future holds in terms of getting on a plane for 12 hours and getting off somewhere and having as big a crowd — if not a bigger one — than America. It’s a very exciting way to see the globe.
I think I need to make a record that sort of brings everything back into focus. I’ve really enjoyed, and I still enjoy the sort of simplicity of some of these compositions, but I feel like it’s time to make a record that takes a while. Born and Raised took quite a while. Born and Raised was a very well-thought thing. Paradise Valley was my first experience and experiment with “Hey, here’s a bonus record. You can’t hate it ‘cause it wasn’t supposed to be here anyway. So, enjoy.” But then I realized that does make a statement. People do clock that. I think that I’ve gotta make a record that is the ultimate sort of “Here I am.