The singer-songwriter, 59, has a funk-flavored album with the Roots, Wise Up Ghost, out now.
What sparked this collaboration with the Roots? We’d played together on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and it was a lot of fun. There are things they do that I can’t, and I write e things they can’t. It works well.
You’ve written hundreds of songs. Contrary to appearances, , I’m lazy. But when a song is coming, I’m often in a trancelike state. Next thing I know, ow, I have a song. Would you ever r want to be a judge on a music competition tion show? I’ve been asked, but you won’t see ee me as a judge anytime soon. [Those se shows] create an illusion that there’s a short route to success. s. The judges have lucked their ir way into positions of f power and are mostly selfpromoting and obnoxious.
How do you and d your wife, singer r Diana Krall, like e to spend time
off? We have a place by the water and find joy in simple things—like looking at the stars—that adults lts forget to do.