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When I was younger I was obsessed with writing,
by 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

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

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people,
including other musicians.
- 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 love to go on tour and perform.
I love all the parts of the process.
- Joan Armatrading

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

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Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music,
that's what I really like.
- 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've always written in a free, unencumbered way.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each day, I am healthier, younger,
stronger, more comfortable,
and more joyful than the day before.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I was younger, my family would go camping and fishing on our ranches.
My dad loves being around all kinds of animals.
He's the one who got me to be a really big animal lover.
- Paris Hilton

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself.
Everybody should try it.
- Barbara Pym

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder,
a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

There is good news in the data the strongest support
for priests is to be found among the younger generation.
- Andrew Greeley

I conceive there lies a clear rule in Titus that the
elder women should instruct the younger and then I
must have a time wherein I must do it.
- Anne Hutchinson

We should be the natural home for younger voters.
But today we're not.
Because too often we sound like people who just don't
like contemporary Britain.
- Francis Maude

My dad's probably one of the kindest people in the world.
When I was younger that's not how I was-
I was a little spoiled brat.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

I'm busy doing my job, and being a loudmouth doesn't
appeal to me as much as when I was younger and had
the youthful delusion that I was smarter than everybody else.
- Steve Albini

Biological age, I think because I've been taking care
of myself for so long I know not just my reproductive organs but my heart,
you know, are much younger than - than what I am.
- Cheryl Tiegs

I think television often has dismissed younger people.
They figure, well, they're not really watching news,
that's not our audience.
- Kurt Loder

I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is.
The younger you are, the more risk you can take on.
- Maria Bartiromo

You know, times change and the elements change along with it.
The elements of success.
And my son's very successful.
He's doing very well.
And I have a younger daughter who sings.
- Billy Eckstine

When I was younger I used to pick things just to face the fear.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they
expected me to stay at home and look after my younger
siblings and do the housework.
- Sara Paretsky

When I was younger and did a stand-up gig,
it would take me two weeks to recover.
Sometimes I'd get so panicked that I would stutter.
- Adam Sandler

When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up.
I thought poetry was asleep.
I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.
- Patti Smith

You don't have any kind of sense of being foolish when you are acting.
When you're younger you don't want to look a fool,
so you don't do things that might make you vulnerable.
- Tom Wilkinson

When you're younger, you get shoved a lot.
You don't really have a say-so.
- Solange Knowles

Well, a younger woman is a type, but not necessarily a type for me.
And what is a younger woman? I mean,
I'm pretty old.
Almost everyone is younger.
- Jack Nicholson

I think there is great interest amongst the younger people in this music.
I think that there is a lot of them that are looking
for interesting situations and music that is stimulating.
- Dave Holland

Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their
vacations when they were younger.
- Jim Harrison

By the time I came out, that kind of stopped it.
The bullying stopped when I claimed myself and proved that I wasn't afraid.
A lot of it was when I was hiding when I was younger.
- Randy Harrison

We had every kind of audience you could name.
Young, old, not-so-old, some older than old,
some younger than young: they were there,
they were there!
There was everything.
- John Hunter

The cybermen are good monsters, I think.
My earliest memories are of the cybermen from when
I used to watch when I was younger.
It's nice to have them back.
- Sarah Sutton

I had an older brother who passed away recently,
an older sister and a younger brother.
- Steve Case

I am not close to retirement.
I still have a lot more that I can achieve.
There are younger guys coming into F1,
but I am not old and I'm not finished.
- Jean Alesi

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift

I was very athletic when I was younger and I am a very competitive person,
so I never give up.
- Izabella Scorupco

I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on
national television would actually make me more popular,
especially with the younger generation.
- Donald Trump

Yeah, I don't mess with chicks younger.
They got to be almost thirty.
- Mike Epps

Younger guys are just too jealous.
- Adriana Lima

I think the older I get the more creative I get,
I don't have the distractions that I had when I was younger.
- Marc Almond

There are people who help you in life.
I've been given a helping hand, and that's why I feel
it's my duty to help younger artists.
- Hugo Pratt

If I was a little bit younger I would worry more.
I'd want to do one thing at a time but now I try to
do a bunch of different things at a time if I can.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

It's true that I suffered a lot, especially when I was younger.
- Andrea Bocelli

I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not
only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas -
but I did too!
- Nancy Kerrigan

This might be the first generation where kids are dying
at a younger age than their parents and it's related
primarily to the obesity problem.
- Judy Davis

It keeps me in touch with younger musicians who are constantly saying,
'Have you heard this new artist, or this new guitar
player?' It keeps you reaching.
- Gary Burton

When I was younger, I thought about retiring.
- Tanya Tucker

Today's younger generation is no worse than my own.
We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are,
but nobody listened to us.
- Al Capp

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more
and you have more imagination etc.
You have less bias.
- Abdul Kalam

And I know when I was younger, and still,
I always marvel at what I feel is different from what
I'm told that I'm supposed to feel.
- Andrew McCarthy

I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up.
It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.
- Elizabeth Taylor

I was surprised by the response of young people because
there is a perception that those younger than the 1988
generation are not interested in politics.
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi


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