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Born: 1967-04-17
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I think I write songs because of pent-up feelings.

Tags: Feelings, Songs, Write

I try to see interviewing as performance art, and just take it as it comes.

Tags: Art, Try

I was raised to be a very intelligent housewife.

Tags: Housewife, Raised

I'm always champing at the bit to try everything new. It's a terrible quality that I have.

Tags: Bit, Quality, Try

I'm competitive, so I don't like to feel marginalized by the people who sell a lot of records.

Tags: Records, Sell

I'm known for being annoyingly gender-focused. It's always been my platform.

Tags: Known, Platform

I'm very cerebral. I like to think things through.

Tags: Cerebral

I'm working on a proper rock record, a good, old-school rock record. Finally.

Tags: Good, Rock, Working

I've lost touch with a lot of that boutique-type music just because of my age, and raising my son and the multiple jobs I have at this point.

Tags: Age, Lost, Music

It was a source of shame for my family that I was in rock and roll, which is so blue-collar. It just isn't done. And I felt it, too.

Tags: Done, Family, Rock

It's about the journey and the process. I do things because I love doing them, or trying them.

Tags: Love, Process, Trying

It's important to have people who will say to you that you're really off the beaten track.

Tags: Beaten, Off, Track

My career has been riddled with controversy, which I never fully understand.

Tags: Career, Fully, Understand

My nails are a disaster. If I play guitar when my nails are long, I just tear them off.

Tags: Disaster, Guitar, Off

No matter how I do this, my best songs have profanity in them.

Tags: Best, Matter, Songs

Now, in music, it seems more like the popular crowd suppresses anyone who is different.

Tags: Anyone, Music, Seems

People hang their hopes on you fitting into their CD collection in way that they have made a space for, but I'm playing a longer game than that.

Tags: Game, Playing, Space

Picture being forced to talk endlessly about your feelings and listen and care when what you needed was just to get something done.

Tags: Care, Done, Feelings

There's nothing wrong at all with women wanting to be women.

Tags: Wanting, Women, Wrong

Wearing a veneer of perfection never did me any good.

Tags: Good, Perfection, Wearing

When you love what you do, you're happy just doing it!

Tags: Happy, Love

Women artists need to break barriers in order for women's experience to be valuable.

Tags: Experience, Order, Women

Yeah, I like to be the maker of the art. And I like and want the money. But I don't really dig being famous.

Tags: Art, Famous, Money

You have to do what you need to do as an artist. You have to have that courage.

Tags: Artist, Courage

You know, you become an artist, you become an observer, of life, and you digest life by making art about it.

Tags: Art, Become, Life

Everything that people lob at you who don't know you, it all hurts. When you're doing something as simple as making music, which really, theoretically, shouldn't hurt anyone - I mean, it's a song! Step back for five seconds and laugh.

Tags: Hurt, Music, Simple
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I love scoring. Putting music to picture is a rewarding challenge and one that relies on interpretation of emotion - as in, what is the pivotal feeling in a scene and which character's point of view is driving it at any given moment?

Tags: Character, Love, Music

The other day I was reading a blog and I linked over to Streisand's Web site, and it was amazing politically. She's so insightful and incisive. And she also says whatever she wants.

Tags: Amazing, She, Whatever

Am I coasting on some early success? Yeah. It was a good lucky break for me. But I would rather earn my way back again than simply conform to what people are expecting.

Tags: Again, Good, Success

Composing gives me a chance to work in multiple dimensions and helps me pare down my melodies into what is essential. Learning new skills has always energized me and scoring has opened up a world of sonic possibilities.

Tags: Chance, Learning, Work

Everyone wants to get into soundtracks. Everyone wants to do songs here and there. But, I think they want it for different reasons. I think I'm just tumbling through my life, enjoying playing with everybody.

Tags: Everyone, Here, Life

Guys don't really don't wanna hear if it's really smart, and women feel uncomfortable if you reveal stuff they're going to have to remember they did themselves.

Tags: Remember, Smart, Women

I ended up becoming so self-conscious that my songs stopped being about my life and started being about what people thought of my music. And that was really bad.

Tags: Bad, Life, Music

I have that thrill-seeking mentality, so when people want to know why my incarnations keep changing, or why I'll do something different than I did before, it's that same impulse.

Tags: Changing, Keep, Why

I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff.

Tags: Difficult, Fact, Stuff

I mean, I kind of remember... I'm 36 now, so it's kind of hard for me to relate to what it was like when I was 25, or 24, but I do remember a period in time when that's how I defined who I was, by the music I listened to and the movies I went to.

Tags: Movies, Music, Time

I probably had some impact, because everyone keeps telling me that I did. I like to feel like I'm coming out with something to try to make room for other young women to make their art.

Tags: Art, Try, Women

I was trying to break out of the suburbs, and when I did break out, I don't think I took my whole self with me - I think I played a role of being too cool and hip.

Tags: Cool, Self, Trying

I wear clothes that most people in the Midwest would probably deem inappropriate at my age. And I rock a bikini all summer long. I know that it's not normal, but I just don't care. I live once.

Tags: Age, Care, Rock

I'm just out of touch with new music in general, and I only know about it if I'm hanging out with someone that knows about it, or I catch it on YouTube.

Tags: Music, Someone, Touch

It makes sense - you wanna gather a lot of people together, and Vegas really does that well. New York can, but you know the hassles. I've lived there. It's an entirely different beast.

Tags: Makes, Sense, Together

It seems to me like the Internet allows you to break that structure a little bit. You know, here's your CD that's going into stores, here's your EP that you offer online, here's a subscription for songs you recorded on the road, here's your live stuff streaming.

Tags: Here, Road, Stuff

Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly 'remade' herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic.

Tags: Everybody, Her, She

Like, I kind of developed my musical style in a vacuum. Even though I listen to a lot of stuff, the way I wrote was in my bedroom, really privately. It's still the way I write, actually.

Tags: Actually, Though, Write

My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I'm social, frankly.

Tags: Social, Whatever, Whether

So how does Liz Phair feel about Lana Del Rey? Well, as a recording artist, I've been hated, I've been ridiculed, and conversely, hailed as the second coming. All that matters in the end is that I've been heard.

Tags: Artist, End, Second

That's what music is to me. Like, stuff that I really like to play loud. And I've got my quiet CDs, too, that I listen to around the house, but if you can't go there, then... Everyone gets so upset with me, I can't win.

Tags: Everyone, Music, Win

The big news already broke. The file-sharing and all that stuff, it's a done deal. And I think figuring out how to make that a fair exchange for the people that make music is still an issue.

Tags: Big, Done, Music

When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music. Checking out other people's web sites, what's going on, listening to music. It's pretty much a musical thing for me.

Tags: Listening, Music, Pretty

Women's bodies are used to sell anything and everything because it works, it grabs people's attention, and advertisers aren't going to stop using something that works.

Tags: Attention, Used, Women

Young kids don't have their identity, so everything is so important. Now I'm mature. I know who I am and I know what my thing is and I know what I'm bringing. It's very clear and defined.

Tags: Clear, Kids, Young

I'm really happy to be a mom, and I'm proud of the phase I'm in.

Tags: Happy, Mom, Proud

I remember even getting kicked out of a bar once because I was too loud and obnoxious.

Tags: Getting, Once, Remember

I am a feminist, and I define myself: Be yourself, because if you can get away with it, that is the ultimate feminist act.

Tags: Act, Away, Yourself

I prance around and dance by myself to hip-hop songs in the mirror.

Tags: Dance, Mirror, Songs

You're really creative when you're in an environment that you don't know how to handle. So collaborating was like that for me. I think that was one of the reasons why I knew I was gonna get a challenging reaction.

Tags: Creative, Knew, Why

After my first record came out, I read everything. I was so amazed that I was in the press.

Tags: After, Press, Read

All parents gush about what it's like to be a parent. I love it.

Tags: Love, Parent, Parents

I always give the encore over to chaos, so people can yell out requests and I can hack my way through a song that I don't really know anymore.

Tags: Chaos, Give, Song

I am comfortable performing now. I love it!

Tags: Love, Performing

I am just like you and everyone else. I am trying to live my life as best I can.

Tags: Best, Life, Trying

I blend my green drink every morning. I also fix my son a full-on American breakfast with bacon and toast.

Tags: American, Morning, Son

I can't say I don't get nervous, but I really kind of enjoy performing now.

Tags: Enjoy, Nervous, Performing

I don't always trust my own instincts. It would be nice if someone else would tell me what I should do with my life!

Tags: Life, Nice, Trust

I don't have the same access or time to gain access to music the way I used to.

Tags: Music, Time, Used

I don't know what the future holds. Anything is possible.

Tags: Future, Holds, Possible

I don't know why it surprises people that I surprise them.

Tags: Surprise, Surprises, Why

I don't know; it just seemed like the cooler guys are playing Xbox. At least the ones I know.

Tags: Cooler, Guys, Playing

I don't like being approached by people who look at me too intensely, who needed something from me that I didn't have. I don't represent anything.

Tags: Intensely, Needed, Represent

I don't think you can spend too much time as an artist believing what other people think.

Tags: Artist, Believing, Time

I have my head screwed on right. I haven't been this way in a long time.

Tags: Head, Screwed, Time

I just don't fit into the box.

Tags: Box, Fit

I just want to make music and make a living. I just have to find the means of doing that.

Tags: Living, Means, Music

I love stretching myself musically.

Tags: Love, Musically, Stretching

I mean, I think about it, but I don't design my record to get a certain public response.

Tags: Design, Mean, Public

I think good art happens on that edge between comfortable and in a lot of pain, you know what I mean?

Tags: Art, Good, Pain
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