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" An interview will seem very sane to me, and I'll find out that the journalist was laughing out of the side of his mouth half of the time. "
" My parents think I'm better under pressure. "
" I was two and a half when I first climbed up and sat at a piano. "
" I've been known to throw watermelons, backstage, at people who are giving me news I don't want to hear. But I never aim for the head. "
" My brother was a fantastic cheerleader for my development as a musician. He was almost 10 years older than me and would really push me to develop as a songwriter. "
" When I got older, I chose to look at Christianity as another myth. "
" There are two ways to wake up. You can wake up thinking about what you know, or you wake up thinking and saying 'What can I learn?.' That's a very different approach. "
" Take a different route to the coffee shop to see what you can see and hear. When we get in a routine, we can become zombie-like and shut down. It's about discipline. You have to push yourself. "
" Give me life, give me pain, give me myself again. "
" People listen to music the way they want to listen to music. "
" Not everybody wants to have the same career. I think what's difficult is when you have two people that do something very, very similar and they both, say, want the limelight. That's very tricky. "
" I would love to compose something for dance before I kick the bucket, and I'm not closed-minded about the dance, or the dance company. "
" If you think a child is going to be your accessory... it's not like a micro pig. It's not about putting them in front of the television. You need to read to them at night. "
" There is an energy that you carry when you're nurturing another life where you're protecting first - and once you know that cub is out of the way of the hunter's gun, you can be a little more daring. "
" My father was a minister and so rock music was banned in our house. "
" I'm a conduit for telling people's stories. It's a privilege. "
" A lot of the carols were not as you hear them now. "
" I like involved projects. "
" There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine. "
" I'm really quite happy to say that in my early 40s, I wake up feeling sexy, and I can't say I felt that way in my late 20s. "
" It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine. "
" I think you need to have people around you whose standard is high and who don't accept anything less. "
" I have a rule that I don't read my press, but then somebody in the crew will be reading it and of course it's right there, so what do you think I do? "
" My ears are huge. If there's ever a problem with a plane I'm on, they could just put me on the wing and I'll land the sucker. "
" I don't see music as working. "
" Even if everything else is downplayed, I'll wear good shoes. "
" Our world is a huge mess right now, and not big enough for masses of intolerant people. "
" I am the worst influence. If you can't handle your vices, then I am the Devil. "
" When we get in a routine we can become zombie-like and shut down. "
" For a song cycle to work, you have to feel these things when you hear them and you either have an emotional reaction to it or you don't. The plotline is something that gets woven together in the back-story. "
" There's a side to this industry that nurtures divas who can't write. It's a big business. "