I think you have everyone kind of pulling on the same end of the rope. It's not like you're Robin Williams and everyone else is a deaf mute. It's like - there's plenty of help.

He asked us to write a song. We went home, and we were out walking the dog and started playing with lyrics and melody. Annette has a wonderful ear for music. She kind of started out in musical comedy, and she's always been a singer and dancer - but she's never been a songwriter before, but she just has a great natural sense of what sounds good.

Even when there are banalities, they're usually kind of benign banalities.

I know... I'm pretty smart, aren't I?

I'm kind of the town pump. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good in this style.

Some people stay in the academic world just to avoid becoming self-aware. You can quote me on that.

The process depends on the situation, and I don't think there are any two songs that have gone exactly the same way... well, actually, that's not true.

They were kind of like little Stephen King stories... but these go back many hundreds of years.

I made some friends who are still friends, and this is the city of my birth. I love living here when there's a reason to, other than just moving here. I still don't like the winters here, but it's an amazing city and I love it.