Poetry comes alive to me through recitation. Natalie Merchan
I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control prople's minds, I'd like to put something useful in.
I wish I had appreciated my youth - I should have worn tighter clothing when I could have!
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
My sister works in an inner-city school in Greenville, South Carolina, and she brought many of her at-risk kids to our show yesterday to the sound-check. It was amazing how these kids opened up with music. Music teaches so much about focus and concentration and group dynamics and appreciation for su
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.
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
I just want to be known as a good songwriter who wrote songs that were enduring. I hope my music gives people a glimpse of how empathetic we were and how desirous we were of a better society.
I don't think women's prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don't think mass murder is humorous.
Retrospective 1990-2005 [Limited Edition]
I'm going to be shaking my booty when I'm 55. Natalie Merc
It's funny, I remember doing the Johnny Carson show, and, uh, I couldn't afford my rent.
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 think I don't invest so much time in thinking about people's sexuality. I just take people as individuals.
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
For they told you life is hardMisery from the start,It's dull, it's slow, it's painfulBut I tell you life is sweetIn spite of the miseryThere's so much more, be gratefulSo, who will you believeWho will you listen toWho will it be'Cause it's high time that you decideIt's time to make up your ownYour
I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.
I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls fr
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've raised my daughter with no television.
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
Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index.
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.
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.
Iâ€™ve always considered it a great privilege to be a musician, Iâ€™ve never lost sight of that.
I would never do a printed memoir. I've been asked to publish a memoir from years by different publishers and literary agents. I think it wouldn't be great for me because all I'd really want to talk about it music and I'd rather just play it.
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.
TV holds a close second to cars for destroying our society. It's a failed experiment.
Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index. Natalie Merchan
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.