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" All I want to do at karaoke is sing Mariah Carey. "
" A lot of musicians talk about how they were into music from the start; they always wanted to be musicians. It wasn't like that for me. I didn't think of it as a job or a career - it was just something that was constant. "
" As a woman of color, I always have to be at 150 percent and better than everybody in the room to be considered competent. "
" Being an outsider at all times is both unhealthy and useful, because you become much more objective about things. "
" Being an outsider makes you a really good writer. "
" Everything is so chaotic and messy in the world, and I have always felt kind of dirty. "
" Growing up, I never really felt like anything was my own. I moved a lot, and I never belonged anywhere. "
" Honestly, in the music business, it's all about being cool or being the newest thing or being the 'It' person, and I've tried really hard to be what is expected of me or what would be advantageous to my career, and I just reached the point where I said, 'No, I'm an emotional loser. I can't pretend to not care.' "
" I actually love the summer. When I went to Miami on tour, I was actually like, 'I love this place.' "
" I always have strong urges to sabotage myself. Whenever someone says they like something about my music, I tend to not want to do that anymore. It's not even that I don't like it anymore: it's that I keep trying to find ways for people to dislike me. "
" I can't read in a car, because I'll get sick. It's almost instant. "
" I couldn't wait to get out of school, but once I did, I didn't actually know what I wanted to do with myself. I don't really know how it happened, but I just started writing music and realized that's what I wanted to do. "
" I'd always been fascinated by death, which sounds so morbid. Especially being a woman trying to make music, I think there's a sense that you're never young enough, or your career is going to end soon. "
" I didn't fit in anywhere when I grew up, but I was always American, so to survive, I created this 'ideal America.' Finally I came to the U.S. and realised, 'Oh, I don't belong here, either.' "
" I discovered I was an Asian American when I arrived in the U.S. I didn't identify as that before I came here. People started calling me that, and I started being treated in a specific way. "
" I don't care about making anything new. I make music to express an emotion, and if the emotion is nostalgic, so be it. "
" I don't really listen to pop-country, but I like really, really old country that's closer to folk. Like Johnny Cash, who is considered country. "
" I don't set out to write something. I more just write, and later on, I discover what it's about. "
" I don't think 'bleak' is a bad thing. "
" I don't think I have the kind of creativity to write fiction. "
" I don't think I'm alone in this: I'm obsessed with trying to not only be happy but maintain happiness, but my definition of happiness is skewed more towards ecstasy rather than contentment. "
" I don't want to be a musician's musician. I want to be an everyone's musician. "
" I don't want to be elitist. "
" I feel like I've always wanted to live in one place and stay in one place, but I always end up choosing things that make me travel. "
" If I ever found a place where I belonged, that in itself would be an identity crisis to me. "
" If I have a song where I hit some really high notes, I want to try to bring in equivalently low notes somewhere in there. "
" I guess you can say I 'do the Twist.' I like playful dance moves that aren't too serious. "
" I hate that my opinions are gonna be on record... that my opinions of other artists are going to be on record. "
" I have a very conveniently photographic memory of emotions - it's overwhelming, because things don't fade for me. "
" I have my privileges, but I do feel like at every turn there is such resistance. Things seem to take so much longer for me to do. I have to say things 10 times instead of once. I have to knock on 10 different doors instead of two. For everything. All the time. I feel like I'm not taken seriously. "
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