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About age ten, we moved from the place where I was born, moved overseas.
 

As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago... I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time.
 

Dreamland is a book, but it's my song in book form. It's translated itself into a different medium.
 

Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World.
 

I don't really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us.
 

I don't think you need to dumb down to a child, you merely have to be clear, you know?
 

I kept thinking, I went to college and I have to get a real job.
 

I think that every new record is a chance to... I think what it is for me is my heart and soul at that moment in time... I've always felt that just being able to make a record is a privilege.
 

I was a liberal arts junkie and I figured, well, I'll go work for somebody somewhere. All I knew was that I was going to have to come home and figure it out.
 

I went to college and I never allowed myself to think for an instant that I would have this chance to do this.
 

I'm a liberal arts junkie.
 

I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world.
 

It's a marvelous feeling when someone says 'I want to do this song of yours' because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
 

It's a pretty frantic world that we live in.
 

It's like the code of living by yourself. People who are single know what I'm talking about. You eat standing up, reading the paper. Or you say to yourself, this isn't even cutting it, I'm taking a TV dinner and I'm getting in bed here.
 

My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India.
 

So I came home and I had a resume and everything, but the only job experience I had was just playing in bars and clubs on my summers off. So, I was temping and stuff during the day and playing music at night.
 

So I think that if I do feel more freedom right now in my career, it's not so much because I have less at stake but more a sense that I've learned more.
 

There's timing. And then there's also certain people at the record company who worked incredibly hard and were incredibly enthusiastic about what I was doing.
 

When I think of the artists I admire and seek out musically. It's because I'm curious about where they're going to go the next time they have a chance to put a record out. It's not about where I find them on the radio dial, or how many records they're selling.
 


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