We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner?'
I grew up in cattle country-that's why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.
When women make their image about youth and sexuality, and not about intellect, that's kind of a dead-end road. So I think it's a combination of self-entrapment and entrapment by society.
The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there.
I'm also alternative because of Canada - there's something romantic about being Canadian. We're a relatively unpopulated, somewhat civilized, and clean and resourceful country. I always push the fact that I'm Canadian.
I think I have a better sense of my weaknesses - being self-important, selfish and having a big ego probably triggers all the other stuff. I can see myself more clearly.
Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.
There needn't be a distinction between your life and your music.
The older I get, the more I embrace who I am.
I certainly fall in love with artists. I think that's probably the aspiration of an artist, to make a listener empathize so deeply that they do fall in love with you.
I think I fall into a lot of cracks in terms of I'm too something. I'm too this, I'm too that. And my music has never really had a home. I've been this floating alternative. I'm too mainstream for alternative. I'm too alternative for mainstream. And I'm just kind of wandering.
You have to respect your audience. Without them, you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.
To dance is human, to polka is divine.
If you knew how meat was made, youd probably lose your lunch.
I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.
Country music was a part of my life. Now it isn't. We had a good relationship, really, but we wanted each other at arm's length. The people in Nashville didn't want to be responsible for my looks or my actions. But they sure did like the listeners I brought.
As a songwriter you have an umbilical cord to the song and it's hard to expand on your understanding of the lyrics. Whereas when you cover a song you can create your own reason why you're attached to it.
Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss.
I just try to speak passionately about things I'm involved in and moved by.
I just try to live a really simple, natural life, because obviously, life has an impact on your voice.
I often say fame is kind of like a drug or like sugar: when it's controlling you it doesn't feel good at all.
I wanted to write songs that would play themselves on stage, songs that sweep you through their current.
I think I was a singer before I came out of the womb. I also think that the way you live your life, and the choices you make parallel what doors open up for you.
Traveling renews you.
I don't consider my homosexuality a political thing. I consider it a sexual and spiritual thing. I only started going to political rallies to meet women.
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