"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 evolving." "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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