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I come from a background that stresses education more than anything.
– Michael Masser
The thing I ran up against was everybody wanted a song so fast. It took me two years to finish ‘Touch Me in the Morning.’
I was used to being successful in school, but academics didn’t make me happy.
I would spend months and months looking for a sound. I had to do that, or I wouldn’t feel the extreme emotions I was feeling in my heart.
Somehow, people get very nervous about leaving the comfortable life of rules behind and never take the chance to develop their own internal voice, to listen to their own consciousness.
I was working as a stockbroker in New York and had the seemingly perfect life.
I left an office at the top of the Pan Am Building, a nine-room apartment, and a farm in Vermont because I was aching inside. It took an analyst to tell me I could write a note of permission to become a musician and sign it.
I had been the dutiful son and husband for so long, I had forgotten about living for myself.
I’m definitely a romantic, no doubt about it.
When you’re writing a song, you have to know two things. You have to know who you are, and you have to think about other people.
People simply learn to process information to the point where it doesn’t serve true creativity.
When you write a song, you don’t ask if it’s good or not, or if it’s gonna sell. When you write a song, you ask whether you’ve reached deep inside your heart and whether it’s honest.