Q&A Part III
4/25/2005 (updated 4/25/2005)

Bob Dubery:
How do you fancy England's chances in the Ashes series this year?

At last, a real question! Even if England win the ashes, Australia will remain the best cricketing side in the world, so at best we are hoping for a blip. The Aussies have too much depth to be knocked over for long. England will need all their key players firing, especially Harmison, but he's started the season well, as has Ashley Giles. A fit Flintoff is also essential, and Kevin Pieterson adds greatly to the intrigue of the fixture. Key player on either side - Shane Warne, who's produced great performances against England just about every time that it matters, and holds the psychological advantage.

Martin J, Fioretti:
And for the UK list members - you're cutting it close after Newburyport....will you be playing the warm-up gigs for Cropredy?

We'll get there somehow - certainly we could play on the Wednesday, but I've yet to discuss all this with the chaps.

Joe Urtz:
Richard, would you be interested in recording an entire jazz album, mainstream jazz or otherwise? If so, what sort of band arrangement would be of most interest to you?

I can tinker with jazzy elements, but I can't play straight jazz, and I don't want to. That's such a demanding road that it's a full time job, and I deliberately chose not to go down that path from an early age.

Simon Shepherd:
At what point do you realise that a song like Shoot Out The Lights or 1952 VBL, to name but two, will transcend being merely a song and move into the realms of 'epic', 'showstopper', 'audience will /expect/ this one' etc, and what is your feeling when the realisation hits?
And at what point do these songs become albatrosses, and how do you work out how to reduce their prominence, and indeed the audience's expectations?

Often after writing a song, you get a feeling that it's a good one. The next step is playing it live, and the audience lets you know if it agrees with your assessment. From there it's a slow process, years perhaps, to see whether or not a song has legs, and will remain popular.

Marc Bergman:
What is one question you're surprised you've never been asked? And its answer.

Don't know.