Q. People have their iPods and earbuds now.
A. I’ve always got music playing in my head. Sometimes that can get to be annoying.
Q. What’s the music in your head?
A. Usually when I’m going to sleep at night, there’ll be eight bars of something that keeps going over and over.
Q. Is it your own music or music that you like?
A. Just music that’s sort of coming out of me.
Q. Are you writing new songs?
A. Not presently, no.
Q. Have you watched “American Idol” or “The Voice”?
A. No, thank you very much, no. In fact, I’m bothered by all these talent shows because it keeps people who are professional out of work, and these poor souls that are going on there are not getting paid, and people like Rupert Murdoch are making lots of money that they shouldn’t be.
Q. Do you think you would have a hard time having your career if you were just coming up now?
A. I truly couldn’t say. I mean, I was in show business at age 5. But I wish they had more professional type shows, things like “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Q. I saw you on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
A. Did you? Oh, well, then you’re older than I thought.
Q. Do you sense as an audience grows with you that there’s a different sort of appreciation, like “We’ve been through a lot together” so it’s more of a kinship?
A. Well, I’d never thought of it that way, but that’s a very, very good observation.