1. I’ve never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.
  2. When I first started writing songs and being very explicit, it was hard, but one of the main things people respond to in my writing is that ‘just say it’ attitude of my songs. There really is nothing personal or private; it’s all universal, if you can just find the courage to be open about your life.
  3. I seriously hate pop music and all things super-commercial.
  4. I was attracted to a lot of different art forms — dancing, painting. But there’s something about music that people hold so close. It’s such a powerful art form, and that’s why I live for it.
  5. You can’t start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.
  6. I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.
  7. I’ve been collecting some more high-end guitars. I have an old Martin D28 from the ’60s, a beautiful, classic Martin that I know I played on ‘Mariachi.’
  8. If you like it, let it be, and if you don’t please do the same.
  9. Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don’t think its fair that I’m living for something I can’t even define.
  10. Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don’t have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there’s poetry written right on the bathroom wall.
  11. The stronger I am in my personal life, the more energy I have to look outward, to address my society.
  12. I don’t care if they eat me alive, I’ve got better things to do then survive.
  13. I hate it when people don’t recognize the work of women as being universal, or having any import to the world at large, as opposed to men’s work, which is generally tends to be seen as more universal — men’s writing about their own experience tends to be put in a broader context.
  14. Taking me seriously is a big mistake. I certainly wouldn’t.
  15. Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.
  16. Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.
  17. It’s great being your own boss, but then, you know, you make your own mistakes, you know, and you own them. You know, so it’s empowering, and it’s also humbling along the way.
  18. It can be very frustrating and very deflating to be constantly defined and described by other people, so I’ve stopped reading anything written about me, and I find it much healthier. I just sort of concentrate on what I do and don’t worry too much about that.
  19. Before Katrina, you didn’t see criticism of the Bush administration in the media. Here they are, stealing elections, enacting illegal wars, huge crimes against humanity and democracy, and you didn’t even see criticism. It wasn’t until Katrina that people started to come down on them.
  20. I did a lot of work with myself over the course of being pregnant and the first few months of being pregnant. It’s nice, the pace of being pregnant; it gives you a long time to not just germinate a baby but germinate the mother that you’re gonna be.

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