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.
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.
The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there.
Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.
The older I get, the more I embrace who I am.
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.
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.
To dance is human, to polka is divine.
You have to respect your audience. Without them, you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.
If you knew how meat was made, youd probably lose your lunch.
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.
I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.
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.
Minimal is the word I'd use to describe how I live and dress, and it's also how I sing. I'm not a big fan of overemoting.
My voice and the styles and genres I sing all express my appreciation for what I hear.
I feel like at 50 I've decided to become a rock star, which is, you know, typical of me. I always seem to work backwards.
I'm proud that I was one of the first ones out, singing loud and proud.
I just really allowed my muse to be my guide and I just go with whatever I'm feeling.
"Spirituality comes from questioning everything but at the same time accepting everything. You can even be spiritual watching TV. When the ad comes on and says, "Don't hate me because I am beautiful," question that."
I sort of believe that my voice was preordained; I'm a Buddhist who believes in reincarnation so I think that my voice is a few lifetimes old.
I mean, I am fully aware of my influence and my responsibility to society in general representing the gay community. But in the same time, I don't represent the entire gay community because it's a vast, vast community, as one can imagine.
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