Why was Stewart the right fit for In Your Dreams?
We don't have an ego. When we wrote the first song, I realized he knows thousands of chords, and he's very knowledgeable of just musicianship. And I really know six chords — which has served me very well through the last 30 years. However, when you actually work with somebody that knows that many chords, it allows you to go places in melody that you would never go if you were just playing your six chords. You may say, "Why didn't you do that with Lindsey (Buckingham)?" The reason is that Lindsey and I lived together as a married couple for five years, played in a band for three years. Lindsey and I have so much drama and baggage. We have total ego. When we sit down together, the ego is sitting in between us.
How challenging was it to give up some of the control?
I have a lot of poetry, which Dave read. Who does that? He read 40 pages of poems about love affairs, fairies, angels, death, life, babies — everything you can imagine. When he came to my house, he picked a poem out and said, "I like this poem. Why don't we start here?" It was You May Be the One. I was a little bit like the deer in the headlights. "Does he really think we're going to write a song together? Here? In my house?" He did. And we did. I never wrote with Lindsey. If I wrote a song, I'd put it on a cassette in the early days, and I'd put it by the coffee with a note that said, "Here's a song. You can produce it, but don't change it."