Why the title ‘Patience’?
Well, I struggled for a long time to come up with a title. Quite often, the title emerges from the last few tracks you record for an album. My best work tends to be towards the end of the album because most of the anxiety is gone. I couldn’t think of anything.
In a way, when I hit on patience, it made sense for two reasons. One, because of the time and energy I had spent on the Iraq situation and the secular vs religious world situation. To me, we are being introduced via satellite in a very rude manner. On top of that, we have war, which almost all of us believe is about oil. I believe the only thing that will save us from total destruction is patience.
The pictures on the album sleeve of the two boys are supposed to represent the fact that it is our children who will decide whether or not we get through this. They need to be introduced in a more human manner, really. So patience represents the world state.
Second, of course, my fans. The most patient fans in pop history as far as I am concerned, who had to wait eight years since my last collection of songs. No fan should have to wait that long.