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My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room,
by Joan Armatrading

My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room,
and I just started writing my songs.
- 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

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

Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.
- Joan Armatrading

 

Writing music is just something that I was born to do.
- 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

In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal,
then you step outside and it's just the same.
- Joan Armatrading

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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

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

So I've had lots of different bands over the years
who have stayed with me for certain tours.
- Joan Armatrading

I've always written in a free, unencumbered way.
- 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

I love to go on tour and perform.
I love all the parts of the process.
- Joan Armatrading

Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth,
because I love that.
- 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

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people,
including other musicians.
- Joan Armatrading

Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music,
that's what I really like.
- Joan Armatrading

Just an hour with you, and I understand why we had to meet.
- 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

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

I've written what and when I want to.
It's been about expressing myself.
But with the degree, I had to learn to do everything in a very specific,
disciplined way.
I am very disciplined, but this demanded a totally
different kind of discipline.
A real challenge.
- 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

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

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 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

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- Mother Teresa

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

There was never a child so lovely
but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

The girl of my dreams is my mother's shadow,
cast upon the distant movie screen of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Life is a nurturing mother,
when you just remember to say "thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Mother Teresa

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is
much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
- Emily Dickinson

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

Mother's love grows by giving.
- Charles Lamb

A mother is not a person to lean on,
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.
- Mother Teresa

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
- Abraham Lincoln

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa


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