You spent some one on one time with Alex before the Pamella Roland show. Can you expand on your impressions of her, her husband and the scene overall?
The scene was definitely amusing. Alex is very serious, while I'm definitely a joker. I practically raised myself and grew up on the racetrack walking horses at 5 am since I was 5 years old. Other children were at ballet and I was at the betting window, the jockey's room and then at the track for the day. Perfect child-rearing was hardly part of my parents agenda. I was my mother's 20th birthday present, so she was still a child herself having come from an abusive, dysfunctional, cheating childhood herself. Violin wasn't part of my curriculum.
That being said, I'm a survivor. I'm a bit tough sometimes to a fault, but I feel that pushing too hard won't get you anywhere. Children have an identity early on. You have to identify that, let them be free a bit (it's the only time they'll get that opportunity), so I joked with Alex a little. Truthfully, you can be the worst parent and have a great kid and vice versa. Everyone does the best they can, and I applaud Alex and Simon for making such a huge effort. I was just being myself and she was a great sport. Different strokes.