February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 at 9:09 am
Country superstar Clint Black never looked back after his debut album, "Killin' Time," hit it big in 1989.
He's gone on to release nine studio albums and four compilation albums and has appeared in small TV and film roles. His last album, "When I Said I Do," a collection of love songs, was released last summer. He'll play an acoustic show at the Pikes Peak Center on Thursday.
The Gazette: Are there any songs in your catalog you thought would do better than they did?
Clint Black: I've been lucky to have a lot of hits on the radio, so I never look at the songs that didn't go as a Monday morning quarterback. I have been surprised by the songs people list as their favorite when I run a poll on my sites. Some of my favorite songs of mine were never released as singles, like, "Whatever Happened to Me," "Heartaches," "Who I Used to Be." Hum. All sad titles! Ha.
Gazette: What's your process for songwriting? Does a tune or lyrics just appear out of nowhere? Is there something you need to do to get the creativity flowing?
Black: I've developed a process that sometimes gets superseded by the "magic," but usually I start with a lyrical idea or a rhythmic or guitar idea. Once I have that, I hook my $50 USB keyboard up to my laptop and peck out a drum part. The song's chord structure is usually completed before the lyrics, so I'll play a bass part and acoustic and electric guitar parts right into the laptop. Now I can put the instruments down, hit play and just beat my head against the wall until the lyrics and melody come out.
Gazette: We asked our coloradosprings.com Facebook friends what they'd like to know. One person asked: "What was your experience like on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" show? Are you glad you did it or do you have any regrets?"
Black: I'm very glad I did the show. It led to a huge "matching grant" Scott Hamilton acquired for my charity, International Rett Syndrome Foundation. I did enjoy the challenges Trump gave us, but not the challenge of enduring some of the teammates.
Gazette: Another Facebook friend asked, "What unusual inspiration might surprise your longtime fans?"
Black: Seeing other people achieve their own dreams always inspires me. And seeing people be better than they have to be to the rest of us both humbles and inspires me. For me, being "good" only really counts when no one is looking or demanding it from you.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
Where: Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Tickets: $38.50-$58.50; 520-7469, ticketswest.com
Contact Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270