“You start off writing songs as a young person and you’re living in a world that revolves almost entirely around yourself and your own needs and ambitions. But as you get older, it starts to become less and less about you, and especially when you have kids and a family. You start to see the world through other people’s eyes a lot more to the point where it’s hard to go back and relate to that ‘me against the world’ perspective that I think a lot of my earlier songs were about. It’s not so much about ‘me against the world,’ it’s, how do you make the best possible future for your kids to grow up in? So I think fundamentally I just see the world completely differently than I used to before.”
Here’s my interview for Songfacts with Canadian rocker SAM ROBERTS about the band’s new album, TerraForm.
“I spent most of my life in the city of Toronto. I’m a pretty impulsive person and I just decided to sell my house. I always said I wanted to live in the country and I was sick of hearing myself say that.
I was coming out of a bad relationship and a pretty unhealthy one. I almost wanted to get rid of everything surrounding it, so I just sold the house. I went that far to say, ‘I don’t really want any memories around of that because I was a different person then.’
I’ve quit drinking since and there was just a lot of change in the air. I made a pretty rash decision and found a place on the lake in Prince Edward County and said, ‘Screw it. Let’s sell the house.’ You know, ‘Let’s sell the farm!’ It’s been wonderful living outside of the city and it gives me a totally different outlook on life. Change is good.”
Here’s my interview for Songfacts with Canadian singer and songwriter JUSTIN RUTLEDGE about his new album, East.