I was probably more scared of my high school exams than I was of the Oscars. At the time you think it’s everything and if you don’t do well your life’s over. Opportunities are gone. So the more you do it the less the fear is present.
I’d gone from being this art student messing about with music to this girl with a record deal magazine front covers and all this hype. In many ways it was everything I ever wanted but when it happened all I felt was total paralysing fear.
Death is really a great blessing for humanity without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.
The real amazing thing about all of this is I think I’ve maintained the mentality of a musician throughout it all which I’m proudest of. And I’m still playing on people’s records and singing on people’s records.