"During those years, I put all my feelings into my music. I've
always expressed myself through my music, my emotions and my thoughts.
I never really kept a diary. My diary was always my writing book.
I would a lot of times translate out my emotions and you wouldn't
literally be able to read them out as my own experience. I
liked to escape my personal life through my music. Music was all
I ever had. I would play 'til my fingers were bruised, and I loved
I hadn't had a childhood career, I probably would have signed a
contract with the first person I came across. When you start young,
the novelty goes away. You're not enamored of the stardom."
far as my career as a child, the only music we had in the house
for me to learn from were eight-track country tapes. (That became
her repertoire at the clubs to which she was taken starting when
she was eight.) I never liked any of that (she has said, referring
in part to her parents' practice of waking her to sing at local
bars after she'd fallen asleep) I liked singing, but I didn't understand
why I had to do it in the middle of the night. Coming from a poor
family, the only thing that's going to get your children anywhere
is to just push like hell. And that's what my mother did."
"I was listening to Stevie Wonder; I listened to the Bee Gees;
to classical; to everything. So I really wanted to draw from everything,
but country was all my parents ever knew . . . so I was a little
country girl with this huge guitar that was bigger than I was. My
whole repertoire was country. . . [And] it was a serious career
for me. My parents were managing me as if I was a child professional.
My mother explained it by saying I had to get some stage presence.
They'd create dialogue for me. That's my dues paying."
"Up until I was a recording artist, I sang whatever paid the
bills... I really thought that as a poor kid I would never make
it. That's a part of me I want to try and keep. I think it keeps
things in perspective. It keeps you from expecting too much and
being let down."
can't say I honestly thought I was good. But I knew I loved it.
I never thought I would become a good performer, because I was so