Jack White is working on new songs in a tiny apartment in Nashville.
That's just one of the interesting tidbits White shares in an article appearing in The New Yorker. White has been in the apartment recording on “a reel-to-reel tape recorder that he bought when he was 14 with money he made mowing lawns.”
White says he wanted a confined space to work on new material, adding, “I’m going to try to write songs where I can’t be heard by the next-door neighbor. And I want to write like Michael Jackson would write -- instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room."
Some of the other revelations in the article, which is well worth reading, include:
- On the bowling alley at his home property, he keeps racks of balls for friends. Each dedicated ball has a name tag, and some of the balls are painted -- Bob Dylan’s has a portrait of John Wayne.
- He wants to direct a film and was disappointed at losing the opportunity to make one about a Detroit drug dealer and F.B.I. informant called White Boy Rick.
- The rarest and most valuable thing White owns is an issue of Action Comics No. 1, which includes the first appearance of Superman. White believes it's "an important moment in literary history."