In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.
I had just gotten off the road, and I was tired, and I didn't think I'd be of any value to him, ... I said no at first, but then as I kind of rejuvenated, I checked back in with him and he still hadn't cast the role of God. And I said I'd love to do it and I did.
I'll keep evolving and put that into my songs.
And if I had a preference, it would be to be able to not be in the studio until 4 in the morning.
I could write six songs in one day with everything that's going on.
They're different kinds of challenges depending upon what phase of life I'm in.
As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.
I remember thinking during those times that I wanted to write in a way where there are no rules.
I love songs that are very autobiographical.
I was born in '74, so I missed out on all the great early '60s and early '70s.
I think some fans want everything to stay they same because they want to stay the same.
Well, as a kid I did not get Shakespeare. I just never understood it.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they're here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.
I feel drunk but I'm sober I'm young and I'm underpaid I'm tired but I'm working, yeah. I care but I'm restless I'm here but I'm really gone I'm wrong and I'm sorry, baby. What it all comes down to Is that everything's gonna be quite all right.
Making a movie requires 20 to 500 people to make and a lot of money and the stakes are a lot higher.
The thing I always default to is that I'll always be here to write songs.
And I always laugh at that, because I think I've always been doing what I want to do since Day 1.
It's when someone has an agenda of their own for the record that it doesn't work for me.
Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn't, I don't really see a point to it.
I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.
All I can promise myself and everyone else is that this record is a snapshot of this period in my life. It will be that by default.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
I felt like I was making a record under the radar, and that is my favorite way to do anything.
I try to keep a low profile in general. Not with my art, but just as a person.
At one point, I was just perceived as only being angry, but now I'm being perceived as angry, peaceful, and spiritual.
When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly belabored intellectual process, I just throw it out.
What I try to keep in mind is that there are going to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative of what I'm about as a person and as a writer.
I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.
I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.
But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.
I can't towel-dry my hair, because it'll tangle. So I put a towel on the bed and smack my head on the bed, like, ten times, so all the water will drain out'
I was extremely moved by the plight of Tsunami victims and I was inspired to try to make a difference.
When I was producing on my own, I was doing it in order to - in a very patriarchal entertainment industry, let alone planet - very much hell-bent on trying to prove to myself, if nothing else, that I could do it as a woman.
I'm doing it because I choose it. And if it's not working, I can make a change.
We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect.
I see the whole concept of Generation X implies that everyone has lost hope.
I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all this external success that everyone would love you and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
I really do see that anywhere I am, whether it's doing interviews a hundred in a row, that every situation I'm in, I'm at choice in the matter.
There's such a thing as paralysis by analysis and I think I reached that point.
I happen to be lucky in that I knew what I wanted to do as far as a career since I was nine years old.
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