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Born: 1964-03-16
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Everyone is tortured. Do you know anyone who isn't?

Tags: Anyone, Everyone, Tortured

Fame is a can of worms I haven't really had to contend with.

Tags: Contend, Fame, Worms

I think listeners are hungry to hear quality.

Tags: Hear, Hungry, Quality

I think there are times when a song can be a spiritual experience - just making music, in general, is pretty much that.

Tags: Experience, Music, Spiritual

Often I have to move my body in a certain way, like exercising, to begin to get into the right rhythm for writing a song.

Tags: Often, Song, Writing

Along the way, I've had different advice from different music producers. I've been told to tone it down, that the quiet parts of my voice are appealing and there's harshness to the loud part of my voice.

Tags: Advice, Music, Quiet

From the age of 12, I had an understanding that singing was something I loved to do more than anything, and I did say to myself, 'Why not?' But there were definitely some doubts along the way.

Tags: Age, Loved, Why

God as 'He,' as a patriarchal thing, is offensive to me. It's standard fare for America, 'He, He, He.' Every time I hear that it's like another blow against females. It's very radical talk at this point for females to say this kind of stuff, but nationwide I still hear females referring to God as 'He.'

Tags: America, God, Time

I don't actually have to think very hard when I'm writing. I mean, there are times where it's a task, and you have to plug away and plug away. But then there are times when a song writes itself in 15 minutes, and you're just struggling to keep up with it.

Tags: Hard, Mean, Writing

I grew up as a Catholic, and there was so much that was beautiful there, and also so much that was troubling. The whole patriarchal thing, the whole male-dominated approach, really bothered me.

Tags: Approach, Beautiful, Whole

I grew up Catholic, so I have these defenses about listening to anything with too much religiosity; some of the lyrics didn't sit well in my mouth. One of my beefs is the patriarchal setup. Having the 'he, he, he, God, God, God, king, king, king' stuff was hard for me.

Tags: God, Hard, Stuff

I grew up listening to AM radio in the '70s and hearing all of that great soul and rhythm and blues music, which definitely influenced the way I sing. But singing gospel has made me a much more humble person. There are so many people who were geniuses who only a few people knew about when they were alive.

Tags: Great, Humble, Music

I was asked to sing with Mavis Staples on a gospel compilation called 'Oh Happy Day.' And, you know, other than being totally intimidated at the prospect of singing with Mavis, I was honored. I don't really have much of a background in gospel music.

Tags: Happy, Music, Singing

I was brought up to express myself only when asked to express myself, and then to do so in a way that's pleasing to hear. But I've always had a need to make my presence known. I was just sort of born that way, I guess. It's my natural tendency.

Tags: Born, Hear, Natural

I'm confused that there is a lack of faith in listening to and deciding what is a great song and instead going for these formulaic, bad songs over and over again. But that's what happened when people from beverage companies bought record labels and radio stations as opposed to people who love music owning record labels.

Tags: Faith, Love, Music

I'm going to be doing solo stuff. The idea is to do 'small' and 'off my beaten path,' or go back to an old, beaten path - do some smaller things that I haven't done in 15 or 20 years. Just to sort of get my feet wet, because I haven't done my own material for a couple of years - I've been doing a lot of other things.

Tags: Done, Path, Small

I've noticed more people coming to shows and I've had a feeling that they were from a part of the culture I haven't been able to get to before, younger people. I think on iTunes they've been experimenting with my songs and the digital radio world has been very kind to me.

Tags: Able, Culture, Feeling

It's occurred to me I need to laugh at myself more, and that I don't need to be some sad folk singer all the time. I don't want to be the queen of pain.

Tags: Pain, Sad, Time

One of the great things that I loved about doing solo - which I ended up doing because I was too shy to ever try out for bands back in the day - I could sit there with a list of songs and 'paint away' for the show.

Tags: Away, Great, Try

Studios are designed to pull out all of that beautiful ambience you get from singing in a room, and then the engineer puts it back in digitally or through whatever machinery you've got.

Tags: Beautiful, Singing, Whatever

There's an imbalance when if a woman goes out for a walk at 3 in the morning and something happens to her it was somehow her fault, and with a man that's not true.

Tags: Morning, True, Woman

When I started performing, I played acoustic music, partly because that way you don't have to worry about interacting too much with other people creatively. Asserting myself in that way was not really a strong point for me.

Tags: Music, Strong, Worry

A story is told as much by silence as by speech.

Tags: Silence, Speech, Story
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Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.

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Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.

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I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.

Tags: After, Away, History

I think we actually punish children out of their relationship with their bodies... we categorically separate mind and body and emotion and intellect.

Tags: Body, Children, Mind

In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.

Tags: Against, Book, Sense

Society, like nature, is one body, really.

Tags: Body, Nature, Society

What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.

Tags: Generation, Next, Past

Each life reverberates in every other life. Whether or not we acknowledge it, we are connected, woven together in our needs and desires, rich and poor, men and women alike.

Tags: Life, Men, Women

Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female.

Tags: Culture, Force, Women

Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body.

Tags: Death, Life, Nature