At the end of the day, all you can hope for is to go on. The older I get, the more I realize that just keeping on keeping on is what life's all about.
There will always be those people who are just backward and ignorant. There will always be those people. They need somebody to feel superior to.
It's neat to have finally reached a point where I can accept what I was and what I am.
Libraries are a hallmark of a civilized culture, and librarians represent that culture to all facets of society.
I love seeing teachers outside of school. It's like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.
The best thing you can learn from the worst times of your life is that it always gets better. It may take a month, a year, a decade, but it will get better if you leave yourself open to it.
Those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home, inventing lovers on the phone.
I feel I was born with the music coming to me, and that's not something to be wasted.
I think I grew up, stopped worrying about what people thought of me, and whether things were going to turn out OK. I'm concentrating on doing the best work I can do and letting it go at that.
I bought all my friends guitars and I had a good time with my money. But then one day the IRS came knocking.
That's an amazing moment, the first time you hear yourself on radio. It's still thrilling.
Society's Child' was a real hard record to start with. That's all you want is for you to put your first record out and have people screaming at you in the streets. But it taught me right away that what I was doing was valuable and important.
It seems to be part of the human condition to need someone you can look down on. I still don't get that one.
At the end of the day, if you don't have a record contract, a studio or a guitar, you can still write songs. You're still an artist. That's something no one can take away.
I started 'Society's Child' on a bus in East Orange as I was going home from school. I saw a black and white couple sitting there and started thinking about it.
Truth is not the enemy and whatever does not kill us, sets us free.
I was one of I think three white girls in my school. So, I was very much an outsider. And plus I was Jewish and all of my friends were black and Baptist because they listen to the coolest music. We were all listening to Ray Charles and what was then called race music.
I mean, I would love to have the career Joan Baez is having in Europe right now, but God knows I don't begrudge her that career.
I gave guitar lessons. I tried to join bands. My mom always said it was obvious that nothing was going to stop me.
It's what I do well - I write about things that make people uncomfortable. That's probably the only thing I do better than my peers.
I was interviewed for a Grammy television show, and they asked me about Nashville, and I talked for three minutes and when I finished, I was teared up. The whole room was crying. Nashville has given me a home, where I never had a home before.
My parents both were doing the Civil Rights Movement, were very involved with the civil rights to Congress. And my friends' parents were as well.
I know just enough Japanese to get by if I get lost and greet an audience properly, just from having a lot of Japanese friends and being there over the years.
When you're young, the goal is to have a hit. You get a little older and the goal becomes to get to make another record.
I want to do some fiction writing, I've had some pretty good luck with short stories, I'd like to do a couple of larger things.
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