"I think that if you write, you necessarily think the world is beautiful. Otherwise, why record it? So I would say yes, I have a really hopeful outlook. But I think more than that, because that just suggests something about the future, I am constantly struck—and this sounds so corny—but I am constantly struck by how beautiful the present is. And I’m not talking about my personal situation. I mean the things around us. Like the other day... I ate at a Greek restaurant, and I had these purple olives on my plate and it was sunny out and the light was coming through green bottles on the window ledge in a particular way, and those kind of things make you think it’s worth getting up. I think you have to feel that way if you’re going to write."
- Me in an interview with Adam O'Connor Rodriguez of Willow Springs (Spring, 2005).