Interview with Robert Hunter and Greg Anton, August 25, 1997
They're a Band Beyond Rehearsal
- How often does the band get together just to work on material, or rehearse?
- Oh, once every couple of years whether we need it or not.... Sometimes
we get together a lot, and sometimes we don't.
- You've got to get those
weeks that are just writing weeks. That's part of the whole cycle. You
have to take that time away from gigs, time to rest up after the last bunch
of gigs. Then you go into the studio and spend some of that time when you
could be out making money, gigging, to write new songs.
What's Next for Hunter?
- So are ever going to see a joint bill, with Zero and Robert Hunter?
- Go away.... Chut up!
- I thought somebody told you personally to "shut up"!
- I don't have big plans for what I'm doing. I'm just trying to keep it
manageable. I don't have big ambitions, just to write my own material and
get out of the house once in a while, but I can't do more than about two-and-a-half
weeks out there. At my age, it's a hobby.
- Maybe it has something to do with how you define success. Perhaps right
now success means continuing to write songs that you're happy with.
- Yeah. For me, that's what it is, and I don't want anybody getting dependent
on me or figuring out how I might fit into their picture of the larger
scene. The point is to do it for pleasure.
- Do you feel like you have that space now? Are you at a point in your
life where you can do anything you want to do?
- I can call my own shots because I know what those shots are and I know
what they're not. I don't get led very easily, to do things I don't want
- Are you working on anything new?
- Oh yeah. I've got some stuff. [Gets up and walks to piano, points to
tape.] You can't have that machine on, though.
- OK, I won't tape it.
Hunter then played me The Song Remains, a tune he's been discussing
in his journal lately. It's hard for me to recall the music that passed
my ears then, untaped, but it was beautiful and the song sounded fully
realized to me, without hearing the words.
Copyright © 1997