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I've always been in this sort of perpetual state of existential longing. I feel like something's missing.

I've always been in this sort of perpetual state of existential longing. I feel like something's missing.

I'm just trying to get rid of all the mystery surrounding me and let people see what I'm thinking. So they can understand me and stop assuming things about me. ---->>>

If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed.

If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed.

The first kiss between two people is something really good in life. ---->>>

I don't really care about money. I find money boring and accounting boring, so I'm probably not going to ever make a lot of money. ---->>>

As long as there are religions, there are going to be people who are hiding their rottenness behind the veil of religion. ---->>>

Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field. ---->>>

I'm a damaged person, but I have hope and a will to not give up.

I'm a damaged person, but I have hope and a will to not give up.

I've been embarrassing myself publicly for over 20 years. Why should I stop now? ---->>>

I've seen quite a bit of the world, but I really like Sweden and feel like I could live there some day. ---->>>

I don't feel bad or scared about getting older in terms of my looks or anything like that. I'm not afraid of my face changing. I enjoy seeing my face change. I think it's really interesting. I wouldn't want to have same face for my whole life. It would be boring to look at the same face in the mirror for 80 years. ---->>>

Sometimes I feel like a human pin cushion. Every painful emotion hits me with ridiculously exaggerated force. And the anxiety feels like hands inside of me, squeezing my guts really hard. ---->>>

I've always been a loner, and I've spent most of my life as a single person. ---->>>

It makes me feel good to have some comforting effect on someone that needs comfort. ---->>>

Motivation is just this potion to create stuff, a compulsion to express the truth of my own experiences in this life. ---->>>

A heart that hurts is a heart that works.

A heart that hurts is a heart that works.

I am not dead inside. I still care about right and wrong. ---->>>

I don't buy a lot when I travel, but when I do, I like to send gifts from wherever I am. It's fun to find the local post office. ---->>>

Puerto Ricans who find they can no longer afford to keep their pets often choose to drop their dogs, sometimes even whole litters of puppies, at a beach - sometimes under cover of night, in secret - rather than surrender the animal to a city or state-run shelter where the animals will face grim conditions and almost certain death by euthanasia.

Puerto Ricans who find they can no longer afford to keep their pets often choose to drop their dogs, sometimes even whole litters of puppies, at a beach - sometimes under cover of night, in secret - rather than surrender the animal to a city or state-run shelter where the animals will face grim conditions and almost certain death by euthanasia.

My dad claims that he was able to trace us back to the West Virginia Hatfields. When I look at the old pictures, the patriarchs have kind of a physical likeness to some of the men on the father's side of my family. I want it to be true. ---->>>

The most rabidly religious people are the most rabidly evil. ---->>>

Every song brings back memories, like I remember where I wrote all these songs. 'Universal Heartbeat' was my apartment in New York City. 'My Sister' was at my apartment in Boston. I remember places and I remember what I was thinking when I wrote it. ---->>>

For a long time, music was hope. Now it seems music isn't enough to make me happy. It used to be that's all I needed to keep going. Now I need other things to take up the other parts of my life. ---->>>

Puerto Rico has a stray dog problem. Tens of thousands of homeless canines - hundreds of thousands, by some estimates - live and die on the streets and beaches all over this Caribbean island of almost four million people. ---->>>

When I first started making music, I didn't really know what I was doing. I just wanted to write songs. I didn't have a concept. I didn't think it through. I was just flailing around doing what comes naturally. It took me a really long time to step back and deal with what I was doing with any kind of perspective or self-awareness. ---->>>

From the beginning, I've always had a knack for catchy melodies. But I went through a period when I was trying to be rock n' roll and have a rock n' roll attitude. I was fighting my nature by trying to play really hard and sing really hard. But at a certain point, I realized that I loved syrupy pop music with tons of harmony. ---->>>

I never felt happy with the idea that part of what I do is to be an object to be looked at. I thought of my public persona as an entity separate to myself. ---->>>

To make big steps, you've got to take action yourself and not listen to other people. ---->>>

I still have a lot of those depressive thoughts, but now I have the foresight to tell myself, 'Don't think like that,' and things seem better. ---->>>

I'm totally committed to the cause of individuality. That's the only thing I stand by: independence.

I'm totally committed to the cause of individuality. That's the only thing I stand by: independence.

All I'm trying to do is to keep going and keep evolving. ---->>>

At heart I am a librarian, a bird-watcher, a transcendentalist, a gardener, a spinster, a monk. ---->>>

I love 'Crazy Horse,' and Neil Young is one of my favorite guitar players. ---->>>

The whole thing about rock music, pop music, is it's really for kids. ---->>>

Human relations, I mess them up, and they let me down. ---->>>

I can't believe I got a major-label record deal. My music was quirky, and my voice was so odd and high and girlish, it was like a weird novelty act. ---->>>

I don't believe songs that try to say everything in a simple slogan. ---->>>

I'm able to see humor in a lot of things. ---->>>

What happens when your dream comes true - when the spotlight is on and then it moves away? ---->>>

Everything's been a struggle for me. ---->>>

I tend to fall for the archetypal, talented, charismatic rock boy. ---->>>

My music - that's the one area I won't let myself be pushed around. But in other parts of my life, I'm a confused mess. ---->>>

I don't have anything to prove anymore. I don't have a record deal, no one has any expectations, I'm in a position of freedom. I don't need anyone's approval. ---->>>

I always believe that a person can learn so much by just jumping into something and trying to do it rather than having someone else teach you everything. ---->>>

Harmonies come really naturally to me. I don't have to labor too hard over them. I'll sing a lead vocal, and then I will immediately have all of these other ideas for vocal harmonies. I think that some of the most fun parts of recording, for me, are the vocal harmonies. ---->>>

I don't think I'm romantic at all. I have a lot of faith in the right thing happening. I don't really hope for a lot of particulars, I just have faith that the right thing will happen most of the time.

I don't think I'm romantic at all. I have a lot of faith in the right thing happening. I don't really hope for a lot of particulars, I just have faith that the right thing will happen most of the time.

I think everyone's pretty much the same underneath. The collective unconscious is a real thing. There's only a few emotions, and we all have them. There's, like, seven emotions. So personal is universal. Everyone experiences confusion, joy and pain, just in different forms. ---->>>

I'd just like to inspire people to be themselves and do what they want and not conform to the rigid guidelines of the music or entertainment business. ---->>>

It costs a lot of money to make an album in a studio in New York with a producer and musicians. I have to pay a publicist every month. I have to pay for mastering, production, the manufacturing of the discs. Then, to promote an album properly, you have to spend a lot of money. ---->>>

It may seem strange, but the most grateful I've ever felt was when I was held up at gunpoint. After I handed over my wallet and the mugger ran off into the woods, I thought, 'Thank you for not shooting me.' I was overwhelmingly glad to be alive and unharmed. ---->>>

People don't analyze Britney Spears' lyrics 'cause they're so obvious, you know? And her image is so kind of blah and mainstream that who really wants to read between the lines, because it's all so out there in front of you and boring and white bread. ---->>>

Songwriting is like editing. You write down all this stuff - all this bad, stupid stuff - and then you have to get rid of everything except the very best. ---->>>

Songwriting is like going to church. I'm connecting to something, and it's rewarding in really important ways. I don't need to share it with anyone to feel good about it. ---->>>

I never really expected to win the hearts of the masses. ---->>>

I've finally learned to love my voice for its uniqueness. ---->>>

People make such a big deal about how people in bands look, especially if you're a girl. ---->>>

Doing interviews can sometimes mess up my head. It makes me feel dirty. It's frustrating how the press recycles a quote to death. ---->>>

My soul is fine, thanks. ---->>>

I still have all the faith and love for my music and yet I'm still playing places for kids. ---->>>

I'm kind of an emotional exhibitionist. ---->>>

I'm really conflicted about my role as a front-person. I hate the attention. ---->>>

My first guitar was a Gibson Challenger. ---->>>

A lot of my past is gone from my mind. ---->>>

Although I'm a huge fan of Ben Kweller, I don't think I'd cover one of his songs, simply because there's just so much of my own stuff I wanna do. ---->>>

David Ortiz is a genius. He's incredible to watch. Over and over, he hits home runs that are simply transcendent. ---->>>

I feel some kind of duty to be really, really honest as a writer. The same is true of my songwriting. ---->>>

I find myself a fascinating subject. ---->>>

I get a little sick of myself as a solo artist. I get a little bit bored. ---->>>

I have been a bridesmaid. Fortunately, the outfits were pretty tame. They were cream and black, but I still wouldn't wear them out in public, though. ---->>>

I have many moods, and there is no objective reality. And I kind of live by that. ---->>>

I like people wanting to know about me. ---->>>

I like visiting LA, but I wouldn't want to live there. ---->>>

I listen to NPR and baseball games when I'm in my car. I mean, exclusively NPR and baseball games, and that's it, as far as the radio. ---->>>

I love playing in front of people. I feel powerful, 'cause I don't have to really say anything - I'm just singing. ---->>>

I make music and I can't stop. It's a compulsion and an obsession and a curse. ---->>>

I think the reason I've been able to keep making music is because I'm not married, I don't have kids. ---->>>

I want to paint. That is probably going to sound so pretentious coming from someone who's been a musician. ---->>>

I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl - long before I was a musician and a songwriter. ---->>>

I was just dying to get out of my twenties. ---->>>

I'm a neo-Luddite. ---->>>

I'm definitely a cult artist. ---->>>

I'm full of contradictions. ---->>>

I'm not a very good advice-giver. ---->>>

If I have to work in McDonalds, fine - I had a really great run and made a living at music for 20 years, and how many other people can say that? ---->>>

If you do things when you're burned out, it'll make you bitter. ---->>>

In this world, where everything happens so fast, it's hard to sit back, take the time and contemplate. ---->>>

Just do what feels right.

Just do what feels right.

Keanu Reeves is, like, the worst actor I've ever seen. I can't believe he's a movie star. ---->>>

Music is so hard. It's a struggle to get people to care. It's hard to make an impact in today's world because people aren't buying records anymore. ---->>>

My dad was depressed a lot of the time, and there were a lot of things in his life that he never resolved. ---->>>

My growth as an artist and a person has been so slow and gradual, it's hard to make a story out of it. ---->>>

My knees are ticklish. ---->>>

My songs are about not knowing who to be and not knowing how to act. ---->>>

My whole life was writing, recording and touring over and over again. At some point I realised I wasn't enjoying myself any more. ---->>>

Once I picked up an electric guitar, I lost interest in piano, and I just wanted to rock. I studied piano for so long, I got burned out on it. ---->>>

People are complex. I'm just showing my complexity. ---->>>

People in L.A. don't have to brace themselves against the cold; they slack off permanently, and their brains turn to mush. ---->>>

People need meanings to everything. People want you to intellectualize every choice you make. ---->>>

Popular culture is filled with girls.

Popular culture is filled with girls.

Some of the songs are so crazy, the words are so crazy... it's hard to believe I was so crazy. ---->>>

The way I see it, all the popular singers are strippers. ---->>>

What does it mean to a person whose identity is very wrapped up in the music she makes, if her worth is measured by how many records she sells? ---->>>

When I did have a little bit of commercial success, it really didn't suit my temperament at all. I'm a terrible public person. ---->>>

Writing helps me process things that are happening to me. ---->>>

You can learn so much just by doing, not by listening to anybody. ---->>>

You find yourself approaching middle age, playing another scuzzy rock club. ---->>>

You think you know who you are, and then other people have these other ideas. ---->>>

Playing a show is a monumental hassle. You've got to schlep all your heavy equipment into the van, then you've got to drive for five hours, then you have to schlep all the heavy equipment out of the van, onto the stage, set it up, do the sound check, hang around for three hours, then play the show, which is incredibly draining. ---->>>

I could make a whole album with no one else involved at all. It would be a total, unadulterated expression of myself. Because whenever you have others playing on a project, their influence becomes a part of it. ---->>>

I don't make money on the road, and so there's less and less incentive for me to do it when I don't have that adolescent desire for whatever it is, glory or fame. ---->>>

I finished 'Beautiful Creature,' and I felt somewhat unfulfilled. I felt like this other side of me needed to be released. Some of the songs I left off the album weren't intense enough to be what I wanted. They weren't hard enough. ---->>>

I used to be an over-packer! It took me a while to be smart about what I brought with me. I used to tour with a huge bag full of clothes and another one full of shoes because I wanted to have choices. And I ended up wearing the same pair of shoes all the time! ---->>>

I'm pretty good with languages. I know a bit of French and actually want to live in France some day so that I can get fluent. I think it'd be tragic to go through life only knowing one language. ---->>>

My guitar playing has not developed as much as I think it could because I never practice. I only play when I'm writing or recording or when I'm playing on tour. When I'm sitting around at home, I never play. ---->>>

To me, success was not having to have a boss and not having a day job. I've been living my own version of success since the early '90s when I first got signed. I haven't had a job since then. ---->>>

When I start writing, I'll have a vague concept or I'll just have a title, and the song just goes on its own direction. Usually it goes in many directions within each song. They get really convoluted sometimes. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 07-27, 1967
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Occupation: Musician

Juliana Hatfield (born July 27, 1967) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area. She was formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads and now performs as a solo artist and as one half of Minor Alps alongside Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. In December 2014, Paste Magazine named her cover of the song "Needle in the Hay" by Elliott Smith as number 10 in a list of the "20 Best Cover Songs of 2014 (wikipedia)