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 Joan Armatrading - “Yes, but the great thing about all the people - and I don't think there is any exception - who I've worked with is they've all been very, very talented musicians.”
 Joan Armatrading - “This band - because this is myself on electric and acoustic guitars - we've done three tours together now and I really, really like it which is why I did the DVD as well.”
 Joan Armatrading - “The band has changed a lot because I'm a solo artist and the constant for me is I've got to have changes which keep me interested.”
 Joan Armatrading - “Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.”
 Joan Armatrading - “One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion.”
 Joan Armatrading - “It's a very organic process, and it has a specific order to it. I love to write, and once you've written, then you arrange. After the arrangement, you record it, and then you tour it.”
 Joan Armatrading - “Inspiration doesn't really work like that - you're not looking out for it. Inspiration is something that tends to capture you rather than you capture it.”
 Joan Armatrading - “If I'm at home and something comes I might try to write it down, but generally out and about I wouldn't write it down, I'd just hope I'd remember it.”
 Joan Armatrading - “I've always written in a free, unencumbered way.”
 Joan Armatrading - “I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians.”
 Joan Armatrading - “All your travelling is together, you eat together, you're on stage as a band together, when you get to the sound-check the band and the crew are all together.”
 Joan Armatrading - “When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments. It's very important that everybody gets on because you're in close proximity a great deal of the time.”
 Joan Armatrading - “So if you're on tour for eight months, a year... or whatever it is you definitely don't want arguments and I'm happy to say that I've always had a really nice bunch of people around me all the time.”
 Joan Armatrading - “Just an hour with you, and I understand why we had to meet.”
 Joan Armatrading - “In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same.”
 Joan Armatrading - “So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing.”
 Joan Armatrading - “So I've had lots of different bands over the years who have stayed with me for certain tours.”
 Joan Armatrading - “Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth, because I love that.”
 Joan Armatrading - “You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas.”
 Joan Armatrading - “It's still important to bring issues to people's notice. And it's not about excluding men, just bringing these high achievers to prominence.”
 Joan Armatrading - “I found my sound early on. Look at U2 they haven't changed their music for 20 years. Anyway, many people come unstuck when they try to change what they do and what they are known for.”
 Joan Armatrading - “Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music, that's what I really like.”
 Joan Armatrading - “When I was younger I was obsessed with writing, so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time.”
 Joan Armatrading - “That is one of the things about going on tour, that I get to work with some really talented people and it allows me to be able to listen to them as well - and just have fun on stage.”
 Joan Armatrading - “I don't listen to a lot of music, and wouldn't necessarily sit down and put on the radio. If I did, I'd probably put on a bit of classical stuff.”

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