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  1. My job is to work at song writing and singing and telling the truth in song writing. My job is to be courageous enough to go on stage and tell the truth, the same truth that’s gone into my song writing.
  2. I cook stuff that I picked up from my husband’s mother. I thought that would be a good way to his heart, you know. I love to cook Italian and French, also.
  3. I love ‘Fire On The Floor.’ It’s just smouldering. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic piece to perform live. It’s filled with passion. It’s about when someone you know is so bad for you, but you can’t help it.
  4. It’s really hard to do, but I think it’s an important thing for, no matter what type of artist you are, to trust that the reason why you are given the love of being artistic is just to make you happy — it’s not to make you rich and famous.
  5. Before I was on medication, the mania was so bad that I couldn’t concentrate, so although I’d feel very creative, I could never really finish a piece of work because my mind was moving so fast.
  6. Sometimes, the songs that really affected me were not from the artist catalogue of their music, like the song ‘Thunder Road’ by Bruce Springsteen. I never got into any of his other music, but that song, to this day, is in my top three lyrical masterpieces of all time.
  7. Leonard Cohen is probably the greatest lyricist for music that’s ever lived, you know?
  8. I wasn’t really raised in a religious family.
  9. I really love Dinah Washington and anything live from her — she had some of the greatest jazz musicians in the whole world, and sometimes she would be with a big band, and sometimes she’d just be on stage with a muted trumpet, upright bass, and a piano.
  10. When you love the music that you’re going to play, of course you’re going to do your best.
  11. I’m not a doctor, but I would assume that anything that you’re doing that’s harming you, and you can’t stop doing it, is a sign of mental illness.
  12. I’m writing all the time when I’m at home. When I’m on the road, I just get ideas, and I put it on my iPhone.
  13. I don’t ever go and write music for an album. That’s not something I do. I don’t go and write music for an audience or a career; I don’t do that at all. I write basically all the time. I’m addicted to it.
  14. Once I finish something, if I don’t feel that it’s absolutely fabulous, there’s no way I would ever let it be recorded, I wouldn’t even present it to a producer.
  15. ,what saved my life was my husband. He nursed me back to health, and he continues to do that to this day. It’s not easy to be married and to have a relationship with someone with mental illness.
  16. I always feel like you never know: sometimes you can put out work that you feel is really strong, and other times, you can put out work you think is less strong, and people react to it, so it’s kinda like in the eye of the beholder!
  17. The piano represents home to me. It represents a place where I can heal — the sound of it, the feel of it, the way it looks.
  18. I always try and be as positive as I can and give people the benefit of the doubt because, in my own experience — seeing myself fall so hard so many times in my life and do so many things where I lost my way so many times — and then people didn’t give up on me, like my husband and my family.
  19. There’s stigmas attached to anything that makes you, in the public’s eye, seem weak. So of course, you know, you’re in a business where your image, and the way people perceive you, you are taught, is important.
  20. I think that, being on the road, you’ve got your family with you, so there’s no way that you can have a closer feeling to a group of people that you love than when you sit down and have a dinner or a lunch or a breakfast together.



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