My hair metal band [South Gang] got a record deal and we landed in L. Dude wrote 'Dude Looks Like a Lady' and 'Livin' on a Prayer.'" We got together and it was a culture shock because I never had any experience with any songwriters as eccentric and flamboyant as Child.When we showed up, he had four servants getting drinks and watering the palm trees in the backyard. I had a lyric idea with "Love" in the title and he looked at me scathingly – here I was, this frumpy, overweight redneck with hair down to his ass -- and he said, "What do you know about love?In good old-fashioned Southern ethics, I went to beat the producer's ass at his own Christmas party. The Accidental Drunken Hit Story The most bizarre stories lie in the irony of the music world.
I was 19 years old and straight out of the boondocks in Cartersville, Georgia. He was going to co-write the album and I thought, "This'll be great.I got this book by Thích Nhất Hạnh -- MLK was a big fan of his.Anyway, his books are pretty simple in their delivery and helped me a lot, I always have this little nagging feeling inside, but back then I was ready to just die, the books really, really helped me.Listening to Vault I felt you were distilling all the things you've learned, some of the tracks made me think of simple concepts, kind of like reading a haiku rather than an epic poem. Buddhism, in particular, has been a great influence for me.Meditation, in general, is something I've been putting more time into, I struggle with depression and there was a period when I moved back to Portland from New York, I was living on my dad's couch, going through an existential period where I wondered what's the point of any of this.