Just watching my cats can make me happy.
I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.
Walking is magic. Can't recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps... this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self.
The flower has opened, has been in the sun and is unafraid. I'm taking more chances; I'm bold and proud.
The older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. I tend to walk a middle ground.
If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist. It's one way to answer the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better.
I hope and believe we are paving a better future for female artists to come.
For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again.
I've left Bethlehem, and I feel free. I've left the girl I was supposed to be, and some day I'll be born.
But at the age of 44, I sure hope to be a better businesswoman. I want to get the music straight to my fans.
I'd love to act. I feel that it's another naked, mysterious challenge, like jazz. It kind of intrigues me in the same way.
People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There's a lot of emperor's new clothes out there, whether they're female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It's hard to break through, and it's like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do.
I like doing the crossword puzzle in the New York Times, not watching E! on TV.
When you're a plebeian you want success, and when you're successful you want to be a plebeian again.
I'm accepting I'm not living that younger, dreamed version of myself in the big city.
I find that the older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be.
I think of my shows as family reunions. I give 100% every time. I just do. It's a huge therapeutic release. Also I love my touring family. And I love my audiences very much.
Didgeridoo was something I picked up while I was on tour in Australia with Peter Gabriel in '93. I found out later that it's only meant to be played by men.
I was curious and hungry at a young age, and jazz was such a mystery to me, an ocean where you can express yourself in the moment. It represented freedom, it represented wearing wings and going somewhere with music.
I struggled with being in the public eye, losing my anonymity when my star rose quickly in the late 90's. But I need the challenge of showing up and getting up there to spill my guts and connect with my loyal folks.