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Lucinda Williams Quotes
Lucinda Williams Quotes
"I am trying to get right with God. I'm sort of making a statement about the excessiveness." "I didn't grow up in a mom-and-pop, Ozzie and Harriet type of environment, but who did?" "I don't know if I can achieve this, but I'm sure gonna try!" "I don't know what it would be like to headline. I would miss the Fillmores and the First Avenues. Those are my favorite places to play, because they've got some personality." "I don't mean to complain. I wouldn't trade my life for anything." "I feel a lot more comfortable being me these days. I'm constantly told that my work is good. A lot of fans and a lot of other artists say my songs and albums mean a lot to them. Isn't that what's important?" "I feel like it's really kind of a sit-down album, much in the same way I imagine Billie Holiday or someone sitting down in the studio and singing." "I grew up in a very literate, very independent household where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive of helping each other find their own way." "I grew up in an agnostic household. I was free to do whatever, to choose my path-I've been on a spiritual path all my life-but that includes a lot of different kinds of spirituality." "I guess you could write a good song if your heart hadn't been broken, but I don't know of anyone whose heart hasn't been broken." "I have such a great band. We had played all this material on the road. I just wanted to let it fly." "I have to try different things to see what works best. Other people get impatient with that." "I just broke up with my boyfriend, and I've been spending more time alone than I'd like." "I mean, whose songs don't focus on tragedy and loss?" "I really and truly am content with who I am and what I'm doing. It'd just be nice to share my nights with someone. I miss that." "I started writing more with my voice in mind." "I usually have an idea of how I want a song to sound, but I don't always know how to get there." "I write first for myself as a therapeutic process, to get stuff out and to deal with it." "I'd rather play a few nights at the Fillmore than play one night at an arena." "I'm dealing with things as they come along, and I'm talking about it." "I'm fascinated by the whole concept of snake handling. When you read about the Pentecostal snake handlers, what strikes you the most is their commitment." "I'm just like everyone. I like to feel togetherness with someone." "I'm not just a doormat. I'm not just being stepped on all over the place. If you look at the bulk of my material, it's about trying to find some strength through that." "I'm trying to get out of my own way." "I'm trying to learn how to tap into the power of my own being. I know it sounds corny." "I've had trouble being in relationships and writing. This has been a real problem for me. I don't know if it's because I'm not free to fantasize or create these fantasy things about other people." "If you come into success too soon, you'll burn out and be finished before you know it. If you let the maturation process happen naturally, you'll be happier with yourself in the end." "In so many interviews, they bring up the sexual aspect of the record. I've had some journalists say it sounds like I'm lying down in bed singing with a microphone. It gets so old!" "It's hard to analyze your own material." "It's really about living in your head... just looking out at the world, then going back into your head and tossing around a lot of ideas and coming out with something interesting to say." "Just because I'm talking about something that might have been a sad or painful situation doesn't mean that I'm sad or tortured 24 hours a day any more than anybody else is." "People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness." "People think that just because I've got a Grammy nomination that I walk around happy all the time, on Cloud 9. But I don't." "Sade's stuff is real deceptive. She's got stuff about prostitutes, poverty and people on the streets." "So few people are truly themselves when they're in the spotlight." "Some of their best songs don't have bridges and choruses. So that made me think I should trust my instincts. My songs were okay, I figured. I didn't need to change anything." "Sometimes I feel like I just open myself up like I'm a vehicle for something coming through me. It's like a meditative state I have to be in." "The man I lived with is a Christian, so I would talk to him about it. What would this person do in the Bible? What's the story around this person? Generally, when people talk about characters in the Bible, there's one thing they're known for, like Job." "The more I separate myself from my upbringing, the more I appreciate what it's done for me." "The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice." "We just did a few takes of a song and just picked the best one. It was real organic and genuine." "We play a lot of theaters, which I don't enjoy as much. It depends on what kind of theater it is. I don't really like the sit-down, no alcohol-allowed-in kind of thing." "When you listen to Antonio Carlos Jobim's songs, there are really heavy sociopolitical statements in the songs. Gilberto has this beautiful, lilting, almost childlike voice, and yet the lyrics are kind of dark and somber." "Where they're just speaking in tongues, like they're on a drug or something... Would I really do that if that's what it would take?" "You can't really praise somebody's work and then criticize the process." "You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they're ready."