We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner?'
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.
I grew up in cattle country-that's why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.
I like the music. I don't like the business. I get very tired of the travel and moving, constantly moving. But the hour-and-a-half that I'm making music, I'm one of the happiest people on earth.
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.
The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there.
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.
Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn't really have judgement in it's purest form. So just go, just go.
I just try to speak passionately about things I'm involved in and moved by.
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.
You have to respect your audience. Without them, you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.
I don't sing anything that hurts my voice.
There needn't be a distinction between your life and your music.
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.
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.
Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss.
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.
I think masculinity is bravado against the mystery of the universe of women. It's just a fear of not knowing what women have that's so powerful. It's this shield they put up to try to get closer.
Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin
Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing - it's what comes through.
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