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Writing music is just something that I was born to do. ...
by Joan Armatrading

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

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

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

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

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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

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

So I've had lots of different bands over the years
who have stayed with me for certain tours.
- 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've always written in a free, unencumbered way.
- Joan Armatrading

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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'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

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

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

I have the feeling it will influence my future writing
to the extent that without any material worries I could develop a greater ease,
even lightheartedness, in my writing.
- Elfriede Jelinek

People think my work is therapeutic.
I don't see it that way.
It's not like I'm saving money from a weekly therapy
visit by writing down my life.
- Neil LaBute

If I stopped writing and being at my piano,
I wouldn't know how to live.
It's your best friend.
- Jessi Colter

I just like to entertain myself by sitting down and writing songs.
- Richard Thompson

I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself.
I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks.
- Sue Grafton

I think I would have a better time writing films rather than directing.
- Mackenzie Astin

Writing was like digging coal.
I sweat blood.
The spell is on me.
- Zane Grey

I write as a way of keeping myself going.
You build your life around writing, and it's what gets you through.
So it's partly just curiosity to see what you can do.
- Robert Morgan

Although I still occasionally paint and draw,
my life has now been shaped by my writing.
- Russell Banks

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s
and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published -
certainly in the 20 years prior to that.
- Robert Adamson

When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly
belabored intellectual process,
I just throw it out.
- Alanis Morissette

When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world.
- Michael Ondaatje

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your
life you become smarter while you are writing than
while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
- Russell Banks

I have always been fascinated by dark and mysterious stuff.
I guess I have a pretty dark and gloomy side.
Writing songs saves me from going completely gonzo.
- Gavin Rossdale

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

Writing has never been a driving force within me.
- Jeffrey Combs

When I was confronted with official tuition,
the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever
between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Writing is very much a playground - an artistic playground.
It's the most fun thing I do.
- Shania Twain

One problem was that my direct testimony was in writing,
so a lot of people didn't get to see it.
I hope they see it, because I think it built a very strong case.
- Jim Barksdale

As soon as I started writing Julia, by which I mean
while writing its first sentence,
I felt a sudden, reassuring charge of excitement.
I knew it was going to work.
- Peter Straub

Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only
use four-letter words writing prose...
anything goes.
- Cole Porter

Writing and Painting are the same for me.
- Peter Malkin

I like to be surprised.
The best writing is when it defies me,
when it starts going a different way than I had planned.
- Wally Lamb

There is no formula to it.
Writing every song is a little journey.
The first note has to lift you.
- Enya

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
- Isaac Asimov

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the
middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
- Ken Follett

I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses.
- Walter Jon Williams

Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house.
Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.
- Robert Frost

I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- Robert Sheckley

The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rick writing,
and we laugh at our own jokes.
- Adrian Edmondson

Vigorous writing is concise.
- William Strunk, Jr.

I don't know if you've ever tried writing a Doctor Who story,
but it's a lot more difficult than it initially appears,
especially if you've got more than one assistant.
- Sarah Sutton


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