What does music do for you?
The main thing music does for me is that it focuses my mind in the present. It's really hard to play a piece of music if you're drifting off. You'll lose your place. It's a form of meditation I've found, that's really effective for me. When you are inside of a song, you lose your sense of self. You feel a connectedness to something outside of yourself, and at the same time it's very enriching, because it's coming from you. It's coming from a part of you that you don't have access to all the time, your unconscious mind.
The Tweedy interview, to this day, is one of my favorites. When I sit down for an interview, what I'm looking for is for somebody to be reflective and honest and insightful about themselves, about their motivations, about the decisions they had made, and the work that they did. The magic that happens, if somebody's willing to do that, is you learn so much more about them and yourself and the human condition. That was precisely the case with Jeff Tweedy.
Apart from him being one of the most important musicians of the last 20 years and a beloved figure within music, a guy at the height of the band's fame and his own fame who'd also along the way struggled with his own problems with addiction, he'd just come out of rehab and he was in such a contemplative place, that he was willing to go naturally into all sorts of things, into his own life.
The thing I remember more than anything was him talking in really rich and telling ways about his own creative process and Wilco's creative process, how collaborative and improvisational they were.