Songwriting or song sharing is an opportunity for honesty. I value honesty and sincerity, but I know that I spend too much time walking through my days in my costume and mask; still, I often feel most real and genuine when I am writing or singing a song. I was very moved by John Lennon‘s first solo album. I’d never heard anything so raw and honest. There were the confessional writers who bared their hearts—in a way, anyway—but John really put it out there. I admired his willingness to risk the image he had built in The Beatles in order to find out who he was. Songs like “Mother,” “Working Class Hero,” “God,” “I Found Out,” “Love”—all of the songs on that record blew me away. Still do.