Tori Amos: [on having courage to write and record "Me and A Gun", about being a
rape survivor] Years ago I had absolutely no courage to do it and I covered it up by
doing any other kind of music than the music that would talk about what I was really feeling...
Rape is about a person who doesn't have enough respect and love for themselves, so they can't
for you, and they don't for you. At first, when I started to deal with it, which is when I
wrote "Me and A Gun", and I hadn't dealt with it in years, I numbed a part of myself that
night to get through it. Just like anybody in that situation. And I'm finding that in "Baker,
Baker", that's really the song that for me has been the next step. We have to open the sore,
squeeze it like a zit, get it out of there, get out the hurt, get out the rage, get out all
those things. It's really hard to do it alone. And I really, really recommend getting help.
There are some great rape crisis centers. I will always sing that song every time I perform,
because that's the way that I heal.
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Will Smith: [on the difference between acting and music]
Salt N Pepa: [on being female role models]
Phish: [on what they were like in high school]
We were geeks!
Coolio: [on success]
When you do something from the heart and you work hard, and you're really into your music, you never look at it like that. You're doing it because it's something you felt.
LV: [on the meaning of the questions asked in "Gangsta's Paradise"]
How can you just walk up to another brother or someone and just kill them? It's self-destruction. How can you just have no heart?