What characteristic do you most like about yourself?
Consistency, the routines that I have been able to establish in my life, with the help of others, of course.
And what do you like least?
That I can’t become invisible.
What was the last book you read?
The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski.
Who would you most like to meet?
Jim Henson of Muppets fame.
What are you going to be when you grow up?
Not planning on it. Not going to do it.
Who has most inspired you?
John, Paul, George and Ringo; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—but not necessarily in that order.
Who is your favorite artist?
Salvador Dali—in particular the Invisible Bust of Voltaire.
What are you most proud of?
24 years of marriage, 25 years of Little Shop of Morgansongs, 31 years of hit songs.
Ernest Tubb’s record shop, Broadway, the songwriters. I love Nashville.
Which of your songs are you most proud of?
My Heart Can’t Tell You No by Rod Stewart, or the one I’m about to write.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could fly. A little more hair on top would be good too.
Are you happy with where you’re heading?
I’m happy whether I know where I’m heading or not. I’m going to get there, might as well be happy about it.
What’s your mantra?
Get quiet and think.
What’s it like being you these days?
I’m trying to learn something new every day and to keep it all moving forward.
What talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be a puppeteer or a cartoonist.
What is your most treasured possession?
Buddy Boy King the Magnificent Dog.
What is your greatest regret?
That I didn’t have a BB gun when I was mooned in Springfield, Missouri.
Describe your perfect evening.
June Bug and I are in bed with our three cats, two dogs, a good movie, and fresh batteries in the remote.
You have five minutes left to live; what are you going to do?
Say goodbye to my loved ones and get ready to go on a wonderful journey.