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I think it’s important that things are flawed.
– Kate Bush
People said I couldn’t gig, and I proved them wrong.
I’m the shyest megalomaniac you’re ever likely to meet.
The freedom you feel when you’re actually in control of your own music is fantastic.
I do have the odd dream where I’m on stage and I’ve completely forgotten what I’m meant to be performing – so they are more nightmares than dreams.
I’m a very strong person, and I think that’s why, actually, I find it really infuriating when I read, ‘She had a nervous breakdown’ or ‘She’s not very mentally stable, just a weak, frail little creature.’
I work in a very contained environment, usually.
Originally, when I wrote the song ‘The Sensual World’ I had used text from the end of ‘Ulysses.’ When I asked for permission to use the text, I was refused, which was disappointing.
I hear odd tracks from my albums every now and again on the radio, or maybe a friend plays me something.
I don’t aim for perfection. But I do want to try and come up with something interesting.
Gene Wilder is so funny.
It’s so important to me to do the washing, do the Hoovering. I don’t ever want to lose contact with that.
I suppose I do think I go out of my way to be a very normal person, and I just find it frustrating that people think that I’m some kind of weirdo reclusive that never comes out into the world.
My father was always playing the piano. He played all kinds of music – Gershwin, all kinds of stuff.
Since I was 17, I had been just making records and promoting them.
I guess what all artists want is for their work to touch someone or for it to be thought provoking.
When your mother dies, you’re not a little girl any more.
I listen to very little music, particularly contemporary. If I listen to it, it’s going to be my own music, some arrangement or something. I spend so much time listening that the way I relax is by watching things, a comedy; that’s my way to wind down.
I used to enjoy bad television, like really bad quiz programmes or sitcoms.
We have such little mystery in our lives generally because of how we live now. I mean, of course, mystery is all around us, but the way we live our lives now, we’re too busy to be bothered with it.
It’s so fascinating to think about how each snowflake is completely individual – there are millions and millions of them, but each one is so unique.
People weren’t even aware that I wrote my own songs. The media just promoted me as a female body. It’s like I’ve had to prove that I’m an artist.
It’s not that I don’t like American pop; I’m a huge admirer of it, but I think my roots came from a very English and Irish base. Is it all sort of totally non-American sounding, do you think?
As we become this one global culture, in some ways it’s things like the weather and nature that still hold our culture as unique to where we are.
I think it’s almost a law of nature that there are only certain things that hit an emotive space, and that’s what was always special for me about music: it made me feel something.
I have a little boy, and I wanted to spend a lot of time with him.
I think quotes are very dangerous things.
If you believe in what you do and you really want to be in music, just stick at it. It’s always a learning process. Enjoy it because I think making music is a privilege, really. In an ideal world, it should also always be fun. As much as possible, make it fun.
I’ll always be tough on myself.
For the last 12 years, I’ve felt really privileged to be living such a normal life. It’s so a part of who I am.