Did the new songs happen quickly?

It was spread out over time. Some of the songs were written in Europe, some I had written over a few years, others were written really quickly.

Did you consciously want a less political album this time around?

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I wanted it to be more about love and heartbreak. You can write that political stuff into anything. Like the song "Porcupine," with "the company man," it's a little bit topical, jabbing at the greedy world.

You're still involved in activism.

It's everyone's responsibility to participate. What I've done recently is start an underground newspaper in my hometown, The Joshua Tree Republic. You can find it online, too. It's a small zine, Kinko's-style, cut and paste literally from my old typewriter. It's not overtly political, but it's creeping in there.

You're fairly prolific. Do you have a notebook full of songs you draw from?

Right now, I have a notebook full of 30 songs, and not 30 orphans, but 30 I'm proud of. I'm going to record and release another record as quickly as I can. I'd say by February. The band I'm touring with is already scheduled to record in Florida. You have to keep working. I haven't jumped up a career notch where you can take a breath. It's work. It's beautiful work. I'm my own boss, and no one can take that away.

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