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All Quotes by author - Lizz Wright
" A lot of people in the African-American community are raised by grandmothers, and that relationship is a special bond and circle. "
" As a southern woman, we often define ourselves by who we are with. But I wanted my life to be built differently. "
" As I grow older, I hope I can fully embody my grandmother's remarkable peace. "
" At 16, I was going to church and playing music for church, and Dad would only pay for piano lessons so I could play at church. "
" By high school, I was putting the music for the services together and teaching Sunday school to everybody's kids. "
" Everyone I perform and tour with looks out for each other; we ensure we stay healthy. "
" For me, I just want to sing about life. And since I come from a spiritual background, I turned to jazz, because I feel it's still sacred, like gospel. It's serious music, but it allows room to sing about so much other stuff as well. "
" Gardening is a working meditation for me. It helps me remember process, and it helps me remember patience. "
" I always want to do good work and enjoy doing it. "
" I am more prolific when I have something to respond to. I get my juice from people and real stories and things that seem common but are amazing. "
" I call myself a singer-songwriter influenced by the gospel and jazz tradition. Naturally, because of my lifestyle and love for nature, there's a lot of folk and Americana there because that's just my life. "
" I come from a family that has grown their own food from well into times of slavery, provided for themselves and people around them. So I found, through conversations about the earth and about the house with my neighbors, a lot of common ground. "
" I come from a lineage of ministers. "
" I'd been trained in choral, gospel, and a little bit of opera. "
" I didn't wait around for my parents' opinion about my venture out into contemporary music. "
" I'd listen to the radio, especially when my parents were out on house calls to pray for people - you know, shut-ins. Sometimes, if we were incredibly sneaky, we could do it at night when everyone was asleep. "
" I don't think words always lead to meaning, but the things you can create with them are still pretty amazing. I've been really into Joni Mitchell, for example, but I've also been into some studio stuff, like Bjork. "
" If we work on it, we can absolutely refuse any notion that suggests that after generations of contributing to this country, being a part of the bones and the marrow, that I'm supposed to be uncomfortable here. "
" I get bored very quickly. "
" I have no ancestral link to the mountains. But I really do feel close to mountain culture. Their ways of food, of thinking. The way they hang out with no recording devices and just sing songs with each other. "
" I know how to make myself comfortable. "
" I let the song guide me. I move through the space that I'm given rather than trying to make an impression on the material. I'm curious to learn from the music. "
" I live just above a creek, and it's always very active. It almost sounds like the ocean. It's constant, and there's lots of big rocks in it, so it's got a great sound. It's one of my favorite things. "
" I love singing all types of genres. "
" I love songs that create moments that are very personal and that tell a story. "
" I love talking to other musicians on tour and finding out what we all have to do, not just as artists but as business people. A lot of us are investing and trying to use social media. It is such an interesting level of responsibility and engagement on all these levels. I don't know how one can do this without absolute commitment and faith. "
" I'm a preacher's kid, I'm big-boned, I have giant feet, and I've always been able to run fast, and so I had this sense of, 'I can't fail. I'm invincible. I'm made of green juice and concrete; nothing's gonna happen to me.' "
" I'm a real Otis Redding fan, and I just think he sounds so good. He sounds like he's always at the end of a long day, and he just won't give up. I just love his wearied devotion - that beautiful, beautiful, weathered sound. "
" I'm in love with the way that Ella Fitzgerald delivered a lyric. She would deliver a lyric with the kind of clarity that would make you wonder why it was written, and make you think about the writer. I think every writer hopes an Ella of any genre or anytime gets a hold of their work and works the song like that. "
" I'm kind of a subtle person. "
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