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All Quotes by author - Sharon Van Etten
" All the records I keep are like friends I visit. "
" As a kid, you put musicians on a pedestal - well, I did. The more you meet bands, and the more you hang around them, you can have normal conversations. "
" Both my brothers are drummers. "
" Brit Marling is very positive, very professional, very encouraging. "
" Everyone has their down days. Unfortunately, that's when I am the most prolific. "
" Everything will be okay. I have a sticker on my laptop that says that. "
" Every time I re-perform a song, I gain some perspective. "
" Half of my anxiety is about whether people are going to like me. "
" Honestly, live is my favorite way of performing. Every show is a completely different energy. "
" Hopefully, the stuff that is way too personal that I record and keep - people won't hear it because it's way too personal. "
" I always had a hard time communicating my emotions. I'd retreat into my bedroom and listen to music. And when you're a teenager, you're dealing with all these hormones. It's like, 'What are these?' "
" I always write from a personal place - whether it be about my friends or myself or a story that I heard. "
" I am my therapist, and I analyze what's happening and if I'm being hurt in the process. The result is songs that are very emotional, very deep, although I try to write them generally so they won't alienate the listener. "
" I believe my songs are strong enough to stand on their own - even way back then when they were recorded badly and minimally. "
" I can't read notes well, but I can hear something and sing a harmony to it automatically. "
" I definitely wouldn't consider myself a professional, but I like to dress up like one. "
" I didn't have my first band until I was, like, 30. "
" I didn't start writing with band arrangements until I was working on 'Tramp.' "
" I didn't think I was helping other people. But I think that comes hand in hand with trying to be able to connect with people, and if you make things too personal, then it's harder for people to relate to you. Otherwise, it's just them listening to you read your diary. "
" I don't know how to get a crowd singing along. That's not what my music does. "
" I don't like to hold back. Especially with who I am and what I do, it's all me. Everything's my name; it's what I do. It's how I feel. It's what I think. "
" I don't think I'll ever feel perfectly balanced, but I feel like I'm figuring it out, and I'm surrounded by really wonderful people that want to see me succeed and be happy. Life is wild. "
" I don't want to bury anything in poetry. "
" I feel like, as a female, I am maybe hyper-sensitive to feeling pushed into a corner or somebody taking a song a different way. "
" I feel like I'm getting better at being a writer. "
" If I make assumptions about the audience and start overthinking things, I can drive myself crazy about how the audience perceives me. I try not to do that anymore. "
" If I start panicking a little bit, I just talk through it with somebody. "
" I get things out of my system through my songs, but, because they can be about so many different things, it takes me a while to get through them emotionally. "
" I go back to things all the time. It's really nice, too, like when I'm going through some kind of a writer's block, and I'm feeling uninspired, I go to some of my oldest songs from over the years and sift through them, and one thing that's very nice is to see how I've grown up a little bit. A little bit. "
" I guess I usually write when I'm in a really intense headspace, because it's my form of self-therapy. "
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