COURTESY DR. BRAD HICKS
By being very observant and using my instincts.
Have you ever been in love?
Yes. I've been in love two or three times. Maybe once I was in love with love.
Ever had your heart broken?
Of course my heart's been broken, and their hearts have been broken. But I was very sensible about each relationship I was in. It carried over into a good solid friendship afterward. I'm the guy you dated that you're still friends with. There are no grudges.
What's gone wrong?
Career had a lot to do with 80 percent of my breakups. It's very tough to date a struggling musician. The idea of it is enticing and fun and mysterious. But the reality is long hours and hard work. I have a lot of respect for the women I've dated.
How do you deal with heartache?
I write. Write a great love song. Sometimes I wonder if my own relationships have not been my own yearning for the great masterpiece.
Name a song you've written for a girlfriend.
"The Fall." It was about a bad breakup. I guess I was young and too immature to really understand the situation. I was p----- . So I wrote. [Sample lyrics: "Feelings will pass and soon have to go/ the colder the heart, the harder the wind blow/ although you're trying to make your own throughway/ you turn your back on love with the games that people play"]