Chuck Arnold and Johnny Dodd
October 22, 2012 12:00 PM

>IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS SINCE YOUR LAST ALBUM. SO HOW WAS IT MAKING 3 PEARS?

There’s always a bit of nerves involved, but after 12 studio albums, it’s like riding a bike. I just always hope that it’s exciting enough to feel meaningful to the people who hear it.

YOU COLLABORATED WITH BECK ON TWO TRACKS. HOW DID THAT WORK?

Beck is funny: He will say nothing and let you say everything, and then he’ll say, “Yeah.” He will lead you by some sort of telepathic thought!

YOU SING. YOU ACT. WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?

I had a biscuits and dry-goods company. We made and sold everything from macaroni mouth poppers to sausage links and, of course, fresh biscuits. Lately I’ve been in talks about producing TV programs.

EVER THOUGHT OF BEING A REALITY SHOW JUDGE?

Why not? It would be fun. The question is: Do you really want to know my opinion? I think everybody’s family thinks somebody’s got some talent.

STILL SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE?

When I feel quiet enough, I still make noise with a motorcycle. But my vintage Schwinn Stingray is my speed now. When I was a kid, I never had one; my parents were working people, and they were expensive. A few years ago, I was at a bike shop and saw one and bought it just to set it right with my 8-year-old self.

AT 55, HOW DO YOU STILL FIT INTO YOUR SKINNY JEANS?

I make a lot of soups and eat a lot of raw vegetables. And what I do on stage is a workout. There’s a health club not far from my house. Maybe someday I’ll go.

WORD IS YOU’RE AN EXTREMELY LATE SLEEPER. TRUE?

It depends. I’m usually reading scripts or books or writing until 5 or 6 in the morning. So I’m probably up earlier than anyone else because I haven’t gone to bed yet!

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