I’ll carry on as long as I write music and people want to buy it. That’s important to me, but it’s not the be all and end all. I’m not going to be one of those old hams that keep going and going. I’d rather leave it at the top. I want to carry on doing what I am doing, but there’s a price to pay and I’m quite prepared to pay it. To me, what I do is priority and it’s what I love doing. Music is the thing that keeps me together. It’s like a shield for me – my musical abilities. I can fend off all kinds of things. So it’s like a battle all the time, but I don’t mind as long as I win through. I’ve built a structure, a kind of musical belief in myself, and that keeps me going. This is in my blood. The only thing I can do is to write music and perform, and that’s what I’m going to be doing – I think that’s what all of us are going to be doing, until we die…..
It’s not a question of having to keep doing it, of course – I’ve made a lot of money and I could live beautifully and wonderfully for the rest of my life – but the way I live is that I have to be doing something every day. I have a nervous energy that needs to be doing something. There’s a voice inside me saying, “Slow down, you’ll burn yourself out!” but I can’t stop. I basically write music and I want to keep doing that. I have a lot of songs and I enjoy doing them. You see, it’s come to a stage where before, I felt it was my work, my job, and though it’s still my work now, I don’t have to do it. I feel it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s very interesting. There are still lots of challenges ahead and I’m going to receive them with open arms.