"Tuesday August 8th 1995 is the launch of Southpaw Grammar at Terry Venables’ club Scribes West on Kensington High Street. I prepare to leave but then quickly turn back. I just can’t face it – there is too much clattering about inside my head."
"I am a freelance musician. This means that every year of my career looks remarkably different than the previous one. And, I actually have very little ability to predict what adventures lie around the corner. I work with a variety of different artists. Sometimes, I am hired by a manager or artist to perform on a live concert tour. Other times, I am hired by a producer or artist to record music in a studio for a new album... "
Furstenfeld, 47, is an inveterate rock fan, who grew up a devotee of Peter Gabriel, Morrissey and Jane's Addiction.
"Gabriel is who I want to be like," Furstenfeld said. "Gabriel is a wordsmith, who paints amazing sonic pictures. That's what I always wanted to do with Blue October.
"What I like about Morrissey and the Smiths and Jane's Addiction is that they all can go from very hard to very soft just like that. I like that variety. That's part of what has kept this band alive for so long."...
...Furstenfeld is lucid, energetic and inspired at mid-life. "I'm in a good place and I'm trying to do what my heroes have done, like Morrissey, which is to write about obscure things and make them beautiful."