We hit some of the highlights of the interview, but, if you'd like to read the whole thing, here's the link.... And remember, just as he asked of the journalist who interviewed him.... be kind to him. LOL! -k.
After the surgeries, how has your voice changed?
Everything changed about my voice. I don't have the projection. My laugh changed. The way I used to laugh is kind of like that "I'm embarrassed," high-pitched laugh. I don't really laugh that way anymore. I've found new ways around everything – new ways to talk, new ways to laugh. Now I wonder if I can go right back to the shape of my voice that I had when I was singing once I can do what I want to do with it.
A little bit. I wanted to step away from being competitive or super-intellectualizing everything. It was about to be a generational change for me anyway. You know, I was about to be in it for my 10th and 11th year. That's about the time when you have to make a decision as to whether you're going to let the new generation in and respect it or say, "It shouldn't be this way!" The music that was on the radio when I first came up in 2001 would never make it today. It was Norah Jones and Jack Johnson and Coldplay and me. It's just different now.
The kind of stuff I like is not very popular anymore. I'm moving into another part of my life. I have gray hair on my temples, you know? Am I going to throw that aside and say, "I want to make sure I play Jingle Ball every year?" Or do I say, "That's cool, I'm going to go gracefully into the ne
I think Born and Raised is my most significant, meaningful record, and it's also my least popular album. And that could be because I wasn't ready to tour and promote, but also the videos came out, the record came out, it had a shot. I'm OK with that. And I think those couple years off that I couldn't get on the ice sort of made me a lot more mellow and allowed me to see things by the month instead of the minute. And that was very cool for me. I don't have opinions about most things anymore when it comes to music, because I'm aware that it doesn't matter what I think anymore.