When I was producing on my own, I was doing it in order to – in a very patriarchal entertainment industry, let alone planet – very much hell-bent on trying to prove to myself, if nothing else, that I could do it as a woman.
Making a movie requires 20 to 500 people to make and a lot of money and the stakes are a lot higher.
I happen to be lucky in that I knew what I wanted to do as far as a career since I was nine years old.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
At one point, I was just perceived as only being angry, but now I’m being perceived as angry, peaceful, and spiritual.
Down the road, I’ll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.
What I try to keep in mind is that there are going to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative of what I’m about as a person and as a writer.
When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly belabored intellectual process, I just throw it out.
As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I’ll fit whatever I’m trying to say around a melody.
But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.
In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.
I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all this external success that everyone would love you and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they’re here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.