I know a lot of people who have tremendous commercial success and they go directly for it. There's something that has always been difficult about that for me.
My first career was as a coach and a teacher.
I've been doing a lot of studying singing, and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind. And I often write my songs for myself.
I don't like to produce albums. I hate producing albums, as a matter of fact, because I'm an obsessed mixer and I can't leave it alone.
I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck, based on a Grace Paley short story. I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20 different productions of it this year.
I may not be the most famous songwriter in the world, but you know a David Friedman song when you hear it. It took me a long time to appreciate that.
I'm not totally altruistic. I've always had great career ambitions. But it has to come out in an organic way. If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be, there's this pressure.
I've written several deeply personal songs this year, which I really love. Some of them came out of intense sadness. This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
I publish my own music. I'm creating my own songbook. It works that way for me; I'm very independent.
In the music industry, we value large success. I realized that while I would like that, that it's not what my writing is about. And if I start making it about that, it becomes impure.
Songwriting is the most terrifying thing to me, because you are really laying your heart out there.
Composition is definitely what I'm born to do, and it came last.
My career keeps shifting; I keep doing the next thing and it keeps growing.
I wanted to produce Nancy LaMott's albums, so I created my own record company.
I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere.
I've been doing my big theater projects, which take years, and writing a song here and there.
As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
I have been writing since I was about 20, and at first I wrote in secret and never showed anybody. I was very concerned about making a living, so I conducted.
When I got to Broadway, I conducted five Broadway shows.