In terms of writing, the after-effects of his illness — specifically, his no longer being able to drink — also prompted a smoother flow of songs. "It affects me when I socialize, that I can't partake in the same things as the people around me. But I find that I can communicate more directly with my musicians, and give a more honest representation of the music. In my head, I'm not sick anymore, so that carries through to the rest of life."
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