I'm not so sure he wants to stay creative. He's done. Can't get into his head, but I think he's always considered his craft more "work" than "art". Yes, he was creative with his drumming and song writing, but that was more a function of his work ethic, I think. This is my profession and I have to be the best. If music didn't work out for him, he would've been the best tractor parts salesman in Canada.
This is the NEP postcard to Donna Halper she posted the other day from April 1975..
Hello, Just a line to let you know I'm still drawing breath. I guess there is not much news I could tell you that you don't already know, suffice to say that everything is going terrifically except I'm beginning to get homesick, and have no expectations of getting home before July (sniff!) (note sentence structure) The new album is pretty well written and will be recorded in July. It's going to be a killer!! Out of room and out of breath
hope to see you soon
Bold emphasis is mine. Honestly, what 23 y/o artist talks like this. Homesick on the FBN tour...Jesus, what a tortured career.