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You usually can’t tell what’s inspiring until you look back on it.
– Carly Simon
One of the things that has always motivated me to write is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way, so that it doesn’t cause me any serious pain by staying inside.
I had a mastectomy in 1998, and then chemo.
My scar is beautiful. It looks like an arrow.
I’m still more comfortable with standards than with my own songs.
We need role models who are going to break the mold.
Do you know how many concerts I’ve done in my whole life, in more than 35 years of performing? Sixty-four.
I remember being onstage once when I didn’t have fear: I got so scared I didn’t have fear that it brought on an anxiety attack.
A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
I’ve gone through the village of my songwriting and my artistry, and I’ve gone through lots of different phases, including one where it has been very quiet and abandoned me for a few years.
There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy – I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.
Being in this business for as long as I’ve been in it, it’s sort of like living in a town or a city before the war and then after the war and then during the reconstruction and then during the time that it sprawls out to the malls.
As a singer I tried on all these hats, these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.
I just want to show off my scar proudly and not be afraid of it.
It didn’t matter as much because I’m a singer, not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a way now than when I first came on the scene, because I’m part black.
I think that most people really know if it’s a really great album.
I think that I’ve got some pretty bad reviews on albums or songs that later proved themselves.
I always think it’s interesting to dig a little bit deeper every time you go to someplace that seems like a revelation or a strong connection to an emotional truth.
I took it to heart that in order to be a good person, you never said anything mean about anybody.
Well, I make every song I sing personal. I’ve never chosen a song that wasn’t.
We are in this period now where we all are trying to be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure.
I had this terrible stammer, so I couldn’t really speak properly until I was 16 or 17.
You know, people want to honor me, and on the one hand I just don’t want to be a poster child; but on the other, I want to do something classy and great – something where the residuals will go to the cause.
No, because I’ve never really changed my style that much.
You know when you take the paint off an old canvas and you discover that something’s been painted underneath it? That’s what I feel like – that part of the old is coming through the new.
You’re lucky you had that when you were 20. I sure didn’t. I was overweight, and I had acne.