But yes, sometimes, even now, we still think about quitting music and writing. I overheard someone say, There comes a moment in your darkest hour when you realize what will save you is the thing you’ve been doing your whole life.
And in this case, it seems to ring true. When we imagine reinventing our lives, we start dreaming about what we care about, and before too long, we end up back where we started.
When Karin and I picked the guitars back up recently, and sat down at the piano and started playing through the songs to get ready for our upcoming dates, we realized the music began to work on us again. The songs have a way of nudging us toward the people we want to be.”
I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!”