We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner?’
The older I get, the more I embrace who I am.
To dance is human, to polka is divine.
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.
Life is so impermanent that it’s not about somebody else or things around me, it’s about knowing you are completely alone in this world and being content inside.
I grew up in cattle country-that’s why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.
You have to respect your audience. Without them, you’re essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.
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’m proud that I was one of the first ones out, singing loud and proud.
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.
There needn’t be a distinction between your life and your music.
I think that the older I get and the more comfortable I get with myself, the more I realize that art is about relinquishing control of your emotions and being vulnerable and innocent.
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.
Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.
Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss.
I just try to live a really simple, natural life, because obviously, life has an impact on your voice.
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.
I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.
“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’m a singer and as long as I can sing – which, thank God, is something that I still seem to be able to do – I’d like to carry on making records.
I just really allowed my muse to be my guide and I just go with whatever I’m feeling.