As to his admirers, including Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and many more, Ron Sexsmith takes a humble stand:
"It's beyond belief for me to have met some of my heroes. It encourages me in my writing as I try to follow in their footsteps."
For the new album, he was even blessed with a 'yes' from top producer Bob Rock. The pair had a very good collaboration, Sexsmith has explained in several interviews. Although he has a big say in the recording process, he knows his role:
"I'm very much involved from start to finish, but I'm not a producer so I have to place my trust and songs in the hands of people whose opinions I value and who I think can help me do what's best for the songs."
The perfect song
Naturally, every song is important for the Canadian. So what is the perfect song to him?
"A perfect song for me I guess, is one that is concise and that has a distinct melody and vibe."
After all these years and all the acclaim, Ron Sexsmith is still out there crooning - writing his tender, melodic songs, recording, touring, hopefully expanding his fanbase and developing his craftsmanship as a songwriter, singer and musician even further. When asked what keeps him motivated, the answer is simple: