I've never set out consciously to write American music. I don't know what that would be unless the obvious Appalachian folk references.
Our most intimate contact with civilizations long since dust has been through the art which has survived them.
Anyone who creates something new or does something different artistically is going to be singled out.
I think anything that is expressed directly and as honestly as possible will last.
We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white, which they didn't. They loved very bright colors. And there were other differences in perceptions that gave one a very different view of them.