The Creative Genius of Pat Metheny
LP: You have the reputation of being one of the hardest driving artists today with more projects going on at any given time than most artists target in a given year. What drives you?
PM: I love music and I love working on music. Every second that I get to spend practicing or writing or playing is really like a gift to me. I feel that the thing of getting to go around and play gigs and play with great musicians is an incredible privilege. I feel incredibly lucky to have led the life that I have been able to lead.
LP: Has your life in jazz so far been everything that you thought it would be?
PM: Maybe ten thousand times more. I never dreamed that learning about and understanding music would offer the kinds of insights into so many other areas.
LP: Do you have a philosophy or some way of looking at life that you would be willing to share?
PM: There was a line from a small film that I worked on a few years ago that I thought really summed it up. "It is always worth the trouble". Whatever you offer, if you make it the best you have, you will always get some great stuff in return, even if it takes a while. I always try to make each moment, each encounter, each gig, each meeting with someone, specialbecause this is it. It is not in preparation for something else. Use the time you have to do something you love.