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At the age of 15 months my daughter was diagnosed with very bad asthma, and essentially I put my career on hold for a good eight years.
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Being a writer is a very private, internal process. Ultimately I am more the writer, being an introvert.

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But at the age of 44, I sure hope to be a better businesswoman. I want to get the music straight to my fans.

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But looking back, the fact was that I had a couple of big hits too quickly and it was simply too much for an introvert like me to handle.

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Didgeridoo was something I picked up while I was on tour in Australia with Peter Gabriel in '93. I found out later that it's only meant to be played by men.

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Feminists were psyched that I had armpit hair.

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For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again.

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I don't like to sit and bask in my own awards. Awards represent artistic death to me.

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I find that the older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be.

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I hope and believe we are paving a better future for female artists to come.

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I like doing the crossword puzzle in the New York Times, not watching E! on TV.

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I like women who can throw a ball and laugh loud and have some spine, and I like men who don't mind cooking dinner.

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I see my albums as working diaries, as living scrapbooks of me and my life.

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I struggled with being in the public eye, losing my anonymity when my star rose quickly in the late 90's. But I need the challenge of showing up and getting up there to spill my guts and connect with my loyal folks.

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I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.

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I think of my shows as family reunions. I give 100% every time. I just do. It's a huge therapeutic release. Also I love my touring family. And I love my audiences very much.

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I wanted to be a cheerleader, like my sister was - all the most popular and beautiful girls are cheerleaders and I wanted that, and it demolished this vision of myself. That's when I found the piano, when music saved me; that's when I first attempted to write my own songs.

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I was curious and hungry at a young age, and jazz was such a mystery to me, an ocean where you can express yourself in the moment. It represented freedom, it represented wearing wings and going somewhere with music.

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I'd love to act. I feel that it's another naked, mysterious challenge, like jazz. It kind of intrigues me in the same way.

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I'm a songwriter who's put my childhood memories and teenage angst into songs.

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I'm accepting I'm not living that younger, dreamed version of myself in the big city.

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I'm glad I made a piece of art that can be interpreted so widely. Art is always interpreted subjectively.

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I'm raising my daughter with her grandparents in the picture, and that feels good.

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I'm still trying to find out who Paula Cole is. I always am - and I always will be - my real, inside self, which has no name.

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I'm used to adversity and working really well in difficult situations. It was hard for me to accept the success.

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I've left Bethlehem, and I feel free. I've left the girl I was supposed to be, and some day I'll be born.

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If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist. It's one way to answer the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better.

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Just watching my cats can make me happy.

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People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There's a lot of emperor's new clothes out there, whether they're female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It's hard to break through, and it's like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do.

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So I'm writing more highly personalized and intellectual music, and I think that's good. It might take longer to find me, but I think that niche is perhaps underserved, so I'm going to serve that.

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The flower has opened, has been in the sun and is unafraid. I'm taking more chances; I'm bold and proud.

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The monsters are in your own head.

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The older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. I tend to walk a middle ground.

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Walking is magic. Can't recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps... this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self.

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When you're a plebeian you want success, and when you're successful you want to be a plebeian again.

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At the age of 15 months my daughter was diagnosed with very bad asthma, and essentially I put my career on hold for a good eight years.

Paula Cole