At the convention, you mentioned that your doctor had suggested that you stop drinking and smoking.
I think I noticed you drinking
and I think you alluded to smoking.
Do you feel you have a self-destructive side to your personality?
Your voice is one of the tools of your trade - perhaps the most important - why would you risk it?
Yes, I appreciate this is a very personal question and yes, I am asking from a selfish point of view - wanting to enjoy your music for many more years to come.
Yes my ENT doctor advised me to stop smoking and drinking. Followed almost immediately by "I don't expect you to just now!" It was just after the op last December.
I am very aware of the damage to my health, especially from smoking and believe me I have tried every method known to man to cut the habit.
Hypnosis (twice), acupuncture (three times),patches (I still smoke with them), Alan Carr's treatment (twice, with father and son) and Zyban tablets(stopped when I found they had dangerous side effects) as well as the traditional cold turkey.
In all honesty I find it the hardest thing I have ever known.
I started smoking when I was 14 and apart from a year in 89-90 thanks to Alan Carr's (RIP) help it's been an ongoing problem.
It's something I have to address in the coming months.
Regarding my voice the smoking doesn't do that much damage and if I am singing regularly then my chest is being worked and doesn't "gum up".
The smoke itself inflames the chords and leaves you open to infections but it's the chest that is the worry.
As I said it's something I am very aware of.
With the cold , damp Scottish winter approaching it tends to be a catalyst for change
The problem is I like it.
I enjoy a smoke with a coffee in the morning, or after a meal or out in the garden by the bubbling pond with a cheeky chilled Sancerre in the moonlight.
If I could cut down to three or so a day I'd be happy but when the Pavlovian bell strikes and stress is around (and that's a lot of ringing) I reach for a tab.
KT is a great influence and she is on my case.We are both working on it and know we have to get a new health regime into our lives as it's too dangerous now that I am off tour and sitting in the main behind a keyboard most of the day.
Regarding the drinking it's not really a problem with my voice, more my gut!
The Doc referred to both habits regarding recovery from my operation.
If I was drinking heavy spirits then the voice would be an issue but red and white wines and beer are not particularly toxic to my chords.
Hey! Pav drunk shedloads of wine and he sang pretty good!
Bottom line is that they are both health issues and as a 51 year old I am more than aware of my mortality.
I am not self destructive but I enjoy life and life sometimes is a dangerous occupation.
thanks for caring
ps I did manage to stop eating Macdonalds and KFC