Could tell a lie but my heart would know.
You can't really praise somebody's work and then criticize the process.
Where they're just speaking in tongues, like they're on a drug or something... Would I really do that if that's what it would take
We just did a few takes of a song and just picked the best one. It was real organic and genuine.
The more I separate myself from my upbringing, the more I appreciate what it's done for me.
Sometimes I feel like I just open myself up like I'm a vehicle for something coming through me. It's like a meditative state I have to be in.
So few people are truly themselves when they're in the spotlight.
Sade's stuff is real deceptive. She's got stuff about prostitutes, poverty and people on the streets.
Just because I'm talking about something that might have been a sad or painful situation doesn't mean that I'm sad or tortured 24 hours a day any more than anybody else is.
It's really about living in your head... just looking out at the world, then going back into your head and tossing around a lot of ideas and coming out with something interesting to say.
In so many interviews, they bring up the sexual aspect of the record. I've had some journalists say it sounds like I'm lying down in bed singing with a microphone. It gets so old
If you come into success too soon, you'll burn out and be finished before you know it. If you let the maturation process happen naturally, you'll be happier with yourself in the end.
I'm trying to learn how to tap into the power of my own being. I know it sounds corny.
I'm trying to get out of my own way.
I'm not just a doormat. I'm not just being stepped on all over the place. If you look at the bulk of my material, it's about trying to find some strength through that.
I'm just like everyone. I like to feel togetherness with someone.
I'm dealing with things as they come along, and I'm talking about it.
I'd rather play a few nights at the Fillmore than play one night at an arena.
I write first for myself as a therapeutic process, to get stuff out and to deal with it.
I usually have an idea of how I want a song to sound, but I don't always know how to get there.
I have to try different things to see what works best. Other people get impatient with that.
I have such a great band. We had played all this material on the road. I just wanted to let it fly.
I guess you could write a good song if your heart hadn't been broken, but I don't know of anyone whose heart hasn't been broken.
I grew up in a very literate, very independent household where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive of helping each other find their own way.
I feel like it's really kind of a sit-down album, much in the same way I imagine Billie Holiday or someone sitting down in the studio and singing.