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Paula Cole Quotes


"My dad used to play bass in a polka band. He put himself through
 college, earning a Masters and then a Ph.D. in entomology, while
 supporting two children with his earnings from musical gigs, as
 well as other part-time jobs.

 He used to walk through the house playing blues progressions on 
 the guitar and I would vocally improvise. Also, singing in three-
 part harmony in the car was an every day occurrence. They taught 
 me the most singly important life philosophy: music is meant to 
 be self-made, to be experienced directly. Therefore, we didn't 
 listen to many records or spend much time listening to the radio. 
 I see now how different I am from mainstream society in this way 
 and it makes me very happy." 

"I'm a songwriter who's put my childhood memories and teenage 
 angst into songs"

"I broke this bone in my right foot. I had to wear this wooden 
 shoe for a year in my freshman year in high school. I wanted to 
 be a cheerleader, like my sister was -- all the most popular and 
 beautiful girls are cheerleaders & I wanted that, & it demolished 
 this vision of myself. That's when I found the piano, when music
 saved me; that's when I first attempted to write my own songs." 

"I learned a lot cerebrally; I learned a lot of old standards, ear-
 training, arranging & group singing, but I was ultimately driven 
 to write my own music, poetry and prose. I could see that this 
 was my path. I felt destiny in my own music. I found freedom." 

"I relate to Pablo Neruda (the poet) in 'Il Postino' when he says 
 that by explaining his poetry, he nullifies the very purpose of 
 its existence. I feel the joy of creation also lies in the many
 differences of its interpretation."

"I'm looking forward to touring. I love the physicality and yang
 energy of performance. I love playing the piano now. I love 
 dancing; I can let go and feel the force. I just want to continue 

"In my experience, growing up in this female body, I tend to think
 of myself as a genderless soul, then a musician, then a woman. I 
 have to remind myself, 'Oh, yeah, I'm a woman, Oh, is this a sexist 
 moment? That's why this guy is being an asshole to me.' It's great 
 to see young girls who have to grow up in this hostile society 
 derive some hope and strength from the music."

"I do think it's strange that the media puts [all female artists] 
 together, because I see our art being very disparate. I think my 
 art is extremely different from Fiona Apple, Jewel, Sheryl Crow."

"I hope and believe we are paving a better future for female 
 artists to come." 

"I find that the older I get, the more I see that there really 
 aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as 
 much as there used to be. I find I tend to walk a middle ground. 
 That's good. Those flying emotions are very ephemeral. I think 
 it's important to find the little things in everyday life that 
 make you happy." 

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