Heartland rocker John Mellencamp (popularly known as John Cougar Mellencamp) sat down in a candid interview with American television journalist Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, and dove into the nitty-gritty on politics, and his thoughts on creating art.
His recent album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies was released via Republic Records in late April of 2017 and features contributions from American country singer Carlene Carter, the daughter of legendary June Carter, and a unique collaboration with famed suspense author Stephen King.
Mellencamp, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, opened the interview by stating frankly, “I don’t really like being interviewed. I have talked about myself for 40 years, and I’m just not that interesting.”
“I don’t really know how a 25-year-old guy would know that life would go on long after the thrill of living is gone,” he said about his work as a songwriter, “but I wrote those words… For me it was very helpful because I don’t know about you, but I want to do something every day. I want to learn something every day. I want to make something every day. If I go for a day and don’t make anything, I feel guilty about it.”
The 65-year-old singer of radio hits like “Jack & Diane” (1982) and “Small Town” (1985) gave some of his personal and heartfelt insight into the secret of his confidence.
“Here’s the trick, if you want a kid that has confidence, my grandmother told me everyday of my life, ‘buddy, don’t forget – you’re the handsomest, luckiest, talented boy in the world’” he remembers. He continued with a husky laugh saying, “The flip side of that is it’s really hard for girlfriends to compete with that.”
Watch John Mellencamp’s interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning below.