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Tom Petty will be honored Wednesday night in Los Angeles when he receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award.
Despite his catalog of classic songs, Petty says songwriting remains a mystery. "It's really hard to explain because I don't really understand it myself. I know that when we have time booked, like when we set aside time to make a record, that's when I usually get pretty -- I guess I get on the job as far as making sure I have enough songs, you know."
He once again has enough songs, as his next album, Hypnotic Eye, will be released this summer.
Previous winners of the Founders Award include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel.