So I'm in my 51st year of playin' mostly nightclubs. I do some concerts.
I'm always storing away phrases and ideas and things that I think might turn into songs.
The thing of playin' and singin' never bothered me.
My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.
There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.