I think of myself as a musician and not a celebrity. Celebrity status is something you have to deliberately pursue - I couldn't imagine myself seeking that.
It's funny, I remember doing the Johnny Carson show, and, uh, I couldn't afford my rent.
They came back to me and said, 'No, you have it wrong. This is all about getting these kids together, putting them into antagonistic situations and getting them to compete over a record contract.' It was horrible and mean-spirited. I couldn't believe they would want me to be involved in something li
My mother was a single working mother; she started having children very young. There was a tension inside her about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and how she couldn't achieve the things she wanted to.
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation. Natalie Merc
It's really wonderful to be able to be nobody, and then have a moment when I can be somebody, and then go right back to being nobody again.
I feel we all have the obligation, myself. I want to live in a more humane, civilized society, and I feel like the only way we're going to achieve that is if we all take it upon ourselves. I just wish we could be a more caring society. I feel like we're social Darwinists who believe that everyone ha
They should point to the gun manufacturers with the other hand, and if they had three hands, they could reserve one for the legislatures for allowing these weapons to be out there. I do agree that television, especially, is overwrought with violence. I can't watch it most of the time.
Iâ€™ve always considered it a great privilege to be a musician, Iâ€™ve never lost sight of that.
Literature gives us a window into other people's experiences in other places, in other times, so I thought it would be really interesting to investigate how different people had written about motherhood, and childhood.
I don't have a lot of thrilling anecdotes about my career or personal life. All the stuff that is interesting is private and I wouldn't want people to know.
I just wanted to get all this stuff in one place, ... A lot of it was scattered around or out of print. There are songs here that I thought would never get heard, the ones with Billy Bragg, for instance. The lyrics are kind of embarrassing - we wrote them in the middle of the night during these song
I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.
When it came time to sequence the album, the new arrangements really demanded a different order. They were so different than they were before that the old sequence didn't work anymore.
I've raised my daughter with no television.
I've had a large gay following for many years and have been quite aware of that.
I think I don't invest so much time in thinking about people's sexuality. I just take people as individuals.
I don't enjoy the work that I do. It's just that it's not self-sustaining anymore. The way that I like to make records - they're expensive records to make and just can't afford to do it anymore.
I'm going to be shaking my booty when I'm 55.
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.
By calling it a memoir, I meant is as a collection of memories. I thought it was (a more) artful (title) than documentary.
TV holds a close second to cars for destroying our society. It's a failed experiment.
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
I'm going to be shaking my booty when I'm 55. Natalie Merc
I have never relied on my sexuality and I don't really have an image at all. If you look at film footage of me 20 years ago, I don't look much different to the way I do now. I used to say that I would never wear anything on stage that I couldn't wear out to dinner with my grandmother. It just felt m
The research phase was really fascinating - I'm not a closeted nerd, I'm an out-of-the-closet nerd.
When I originally wrote "Jealousy," it was more like an exercise to try to write a girl-group kind of pop song. It was really contrary to most of the material I'd ever written. I didn't pay much attention to the song after I'd recorded it. I didn't really perform it at all the last 20 years. When it
That kind of violence is dangerous to me, to be beamed out via satellite to the rest of the country. Since I don't watch television very much, when I do check in, I'm horrified. But I don't think it took a massacre in a high school in America for me to see that there's too much violence or that chil
I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!
I'm in the public eye. I've sold 14 million records -- so 14 million individuals have bought my records and have sat down and intimately listened to them. And if I think about that many people paying attention to me, I'd better say something worthwhile. I do have a personal ideology when it comes to