Wait, is that just a pie in the sky hope or a real...?
It's a possibility. My father's an actor now. He's in this new show ''Undeclared'' on Fox [playing the divorced father of one of the leads]. So, I have to do what my father does, because in my family we all do the same stuff.
That invites a ''family ties'' question: You perform your dad's song ''One Man Guy'' with your sister Martha and Teddy Thompson, the son of folk singer Richard Thompson.
You know, I've been thinking a lot about this, actually, this whole parent thing, kids of musicians. A lot of people mention it in interviews, and I get sick of it, and I'm sure that Teddy does, too. I know Sean Lennon quite well, and he must have a horrible, horrible time. But there's a real side of me that's been ''If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.'' [Laughs] It is a very powerful thing for us to be singing that song. If anything, it's a testament to my father's genius, which I, you know, was spawned from. [Laughs]
In a recent interview, you said Madonna ''created a monster that sucks up souls,'' yet in your live show, you interrupted a song to wish her good luck. I detect some sarcasm somewhere in there, but I'm not sure where to place it.
I know, I know. Madonna is always on my mind. I wake up thinking about Madonna, I go to bed thinking about Madonna. She's so wrapped up in my life that it's like a love-hate thing. One moment, I spurn her, and one moment, I beckon her forth.
You've got a duet with Elton John about slain gay college student Matthew Shepard on John's upcoming album. What else can we expect from you in the future?
I'm constantly writing and constantly hurtling myself through horrible situations and desperate love affairs in order to suck people dry for songwriting. My first record took three years, and ''Poses'' took a year and a half. But I'm hoping the next record will take only half a year. You'll be hearing from me a lot more from now on. I don't think there's going to be these big gaps, 'cause I'm gettin' old.