Taken from the expanded edition of Songwriters on Songwriting, which was published in 1997. The interview was conducted in 1993.
And some of your treatment of Stevie’s songs, especially, have been so brilliant. I think of "Sara" and "Gypsy," for example, which you turned into amazing works of music.
Yeah. Something that could have been pretty mundane otherwise. Those two I do throw together. "Gypsy" I like a lot. That’s a really quintessential meeting of Stevie’s strong points and potential foibles and me being able to fill in the gaps and make it work.
Was it satisfying for you to bring your talents to someone else’s songs like that?
Oh, yeah. In a way, it’s more so. It comes easier.
That started off as---jogging the memory here---it was really Stevie’s and mine to begin
Were you thinking of the band with the line "never break the chain"?
You’d have to ask Stevie. For
"That’s Enough For Me."
Oh, yeah. I like that. Yeah. That’s like Stray Cats meets something from outer space. That’s a really heartfelt thing. I don’t know what to say about that. Sometimes it’s hard to comment on
That must have something to do with Stevie. This was something that was done in my bathroom. I think I had just gotten the bug from the New Wave stuff that was coming over. It wasn’t any particular artist but just the spirit of that, which is why Tusk came out the way it did.