These days, I find I'm applying a little more patience to my process. If I look back on my work, I can see those songs I bailed on could have been better, that had those great two verses and then I kind of coasted from there. These days, if a song is giving me trouble, I put it aside and pick it up
I don't know if there are artists out there who love their own records. I haven't met any, and I'm kind of extreme in the other direction, but therein lies the impetus to keep working and keep making new songs and new records.
Those who call the shots are never in the line of fire.
I've been waiting for sleep to offer up the day with both hands.
I am getting nowhere with you and I can't let you go and I cant get through.
I've got more than one membership to more than one club and I owe my life to the people that I love.
Privilege is a headache, that you don't know that you don't have.
I don't need anyone to hold me, I can hold my own.
I don't take good pictures 'cause I have the kind of beauty that moves.
We get a little further from perfection, each year on the road, I guess that's what they call character, I guess that's just the way it goes, better to be dusty than polished, like some store window mannequin, why don't you touch me where i'm rusty, let me stain your hands
It's not important to be defined, it's only important to use your time well.
If you want to challenge the system, don't go to bed with it.
When all you can think of is your own personal problems, you have nothing to give to your society. If you're trying to figure out where your next meal is coming from, you can't go march on Washington.
And this vague little smile is my all purpose expression the meaning of which I will leave to your discretion.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange.
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'
One of my rules is: Never TRY to do anything. Just do it.
I have something to prove, as long as I know there's something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a woman's movement.
I've been a long time coming, and I'll be a long time gone. You've got your whole life to do something, and that's not very long.
I don't hate being compared with female musicians. I don't mind that at all. I have no problem with seeing connections between women's work.
These days I keep a journal, so I'm constantly sketching down my thoughts, or lines that come to me...ideas for songs. And then when I have a moment to myself, I'll sit down with my guitar and open my journal, and start kind of massaging things together, and see if a song takes shape. Or sometimes,
Art is why I get up in the morning, but my definition ends there.
Smile pretty and watch your back
What I like way better than LGBT in terms of labeling sexuality actually is a scheme that comes to me from my friend Animal Prufrock wherein one is identified not by what they supposedly "are" but rather by what they are into. Which brings us to the terms hemosexual, shemosexual, and mosexual.
If you like it, let it be, and if you don't please do the same.
Squint your eyes and look closer I'm not between you and your ambition I am a poster girl with no poster I am thirty-two flavors and then some And I'm beyond your peripheral vision So you might want to turn your head Cause someday you might find you're starving and eating all of the words you said.
...I try to laugh at whatever life brings...
Before Katrina, you didn't see criticism of the Bush administration in the media. Here they are, stealing elections, enacting illegal wars, huge crimes against humanity and democracy, and you didn't even see criticism. It wasn't until Katrina that people started to come down on them.
I mean, playing music at home and writing and hanging out with my guitar is kind of medicinal for me, but when I bring the songs to people on stage, it's very joyous.
Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked 'other.'