I think people are sexy when they have a sense of humor, when they are smart, when they have some sense of style, when they are kind, when they express their own opinions, when they are creative, when they have character.
Writing is always personal in some way but not always in a direct way.
If language were liquid, it would be rushing in. Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent than any word could ever be.
I like to write about things that are extreme in some form. I like to write about something I feel I have to write about.
Writing in other voices is almost Japanese in the sense that theres a certain formality there which allows me to sidestep the embarrassment of directly expressing to complete strangers the most intimate details of my life.
My name is Luka I live on the second floor. I live upstairs from you, yes, I think you've seen me before.
Yes I think I'm okay, walked into the door again.
I'd like to meet you
In a timeless placeless place
Somewhere out of context
And beyond all consequences.
Solitude stands by the window
She turns her head as I walk in the room
I can see by her eyes she's been waiting
Standing in the slant of the late afternoon
Today I am
a small blue thing
Like a marble
or an eye
In the end, my pursuit of the elusive New York State driver's license became about much more than a divorced woman's learning to drive for the first time.
There are no rules in fights with girls. Just hurting.
Last year's troubles, They shine up so prettily, They gleam with a lustre they don't have today.
Kindness to me is only powerful if it has the cruel streak behind it. If someone is kind all the time under all circumstances, they're just simple-minded. Kindness is only worth something if you have the cruel streak to back it up.
And I really wanted a driver's license. I was 43, had my learner's permit and had failed the test once already - but that was in Riverhead, on Long Island.
That said, I've never thought the fact that I'm a woman was important to my work.
It's striking how commercially viable that impulse for instant intimacy is right now, especially in songs and writing.
I wasn't afraid of going places or doing new things. I would do just about anything or go anywhere. I'd get a notion in my mind and just follow it.
I was the oldest child, and both my parents worked, so I had a great deal of responsibility from a very young age.
I think that if you have a strong narrative, if the idea of the song can be boiled down to the basics, it won't change that much.
I still feel conflicted because I don't always get to spend as much time with my daughter as I'd like, given my work.
I fingerpick a lot because I can get more of a range of feeling from the guitar than I can when I bash away with a pick.
I didn't go out looking for fights as a kid, but if it was necessary, I'd fight. Fighting was a daily thing where we lived.
But I never want to get to the point where I write a safe song or one that represents my sense of a subject in order to appear civilized.
Of course, sometimes when you write personally, you are also writing about society, obliquely reflecting topical issues, but not in a way that people would expect you to or in the way that someone trying to make a point would.
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