Mary Chapin Carpenter - Quotes

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I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world.

I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world.

Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World. ---->>>

When I think of the artists I admire and seek out musically. It's because I'm curious about where they're going to go the next time they have a chance to put a record out. It's not about where I find them on the radio dial, or how many records they're selling. ---->>>

My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India. ---->>>

As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago... I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time. ---->>>

I'm a liberal arts junkie. ---->>>

About age ten, we moved from the place where I was born, moved overseas. ---->>>

I kept thinking, I went to college and I have to get a real job. ---->>>

It's a pretty frantic world that we live in. ---->>>

I was a liberal arts junkie and I figured, well, I'll go work for somebody somewhere. All I knew was that I was going to have to come home and figure it out. ---->>>

I went to college and I never allowed myself to think for an instant that I would have this chance to do this. ---->>>

It's a marvelous feeling when someone says 'I want to do this song of yours' because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after. ---->>>

It's like the code of living by yourself. People who are single know what I'm talking about. You eat standing up, reading the paper. Or you say to yourself, this isn't even cutting it, I'm taking a TV dinner and I'm getting in bed here. ---->>>

I think that every new record is a chance to... I think what it is for me is my heart and soul at that moment in time... I've always felt that just being able to make a record is a privilege. ---->>>

So I came home and I had a resume and everything, but the only job experience I had was just playing in bars and clubs on my summers off. So, I was temping and stuff during the day and playing music at night. ---->>>

So I think that if I do feel more freedom right now in my career, it's not so much because I have less at stake but more a sense that I've learned more. ---->>>

You know, I didn't have enough money to quit my day job... the myth of the major label deal. Nowadays, you have a tour bus and a stylist and all this stuff. But back then, no way. ---->>>

Dreamland is a book, but it's my song in book form. It's translated itself into a different medium. ---->>>

I don't really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us. ---->>>

I don't think you need to dumb down to a child, you merely have to be clear, you know? ---->>>

There's timing. And then there's also certain people at the record company who worked incredibly hard and were incredibly enthusiastic about what I was doing. ---->>>

You know, that single girl life and that sense of isolation - that doesn't leave you just like that. And that's what that song is about. I remember that, and that is imprinted on me, that sense. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-21, 1958
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Occupation: Musician

Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C. clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter's first album, 1987's Hometown Girl, did not produce any singles, although 1989's State of the Heart and 1990's Shooting Straight in the Dark each produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard country singles charts (wikipedia)