I like to think that if it hadn't gone as well as it has if I wasn't able to make a living off of playing music I would still be playing the music. But of course I wouldn't likely have had the opportunity to travel and a lot of the places have inspired songs.
My favorite travel pastime is writing music either with my guitar or on my computer.
Being in Blur has allowed me to travel and hear the music that's being made all over the world.
Sure I could give advice I could say travel the world listen to music. But all I can really say is do something you want to do and do it well. And if you want to be a choreographer then you have to make dances.
Then I was lucky I met with my future husband and I started new life with my husband and I was happy again. He was a musician. I start to travel with him through Europe also and around the former Soviet Union.
We're all dealt with the same hand here so to speak. I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people. I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.
I'm sure we'll be Tweetin' up the Twitosphere as we travel around the world playing music.
I'm living my dream right now. I get to make music perform and travel.
Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who's connected with it the studio's gone the musicians are gone and the only thing that's left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago.
There are so many things I want to do. Like I want to get an artist a musician a photographer and a bunch of dancers that I know and just travel across Africa and just film it and just see what happens. Do and learn as much as I possibly can. Luckily I have a lot more time.
I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children the sun the moon the roof over my head music and laughter but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled.
I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years both as a player and a vocalist particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century.
You need to know what makes artists tick. Having been through the process myself as a musician since I was an early teen gave me an advantage - understanding them from their point of view because it's about them it's not about you - it's their vision and what they're capable of achieving and you're the conduit.
I see it as more of a teenage activity than you know she's only 11 but you know I think it's great that she knows so many girls who want to play music. And I see it more as a teen activity than I do as going into music.
Well I actually first got into music as a small child and as I became a teen I sought out making money from music weather that was singing lounge gigs backup in studios or weddings.
When I was a teen I thought I would have to choose between my writing or my music or my art but it turns out it's a difficult juggling game but I can do all of them.
When I started out as a music journalist at the end of the 1980s it was generally assumed that we were living through the lamest music era the world would ever see. But those were also the years when hip-hop exploded beatbox disco soared indie rock took off and new wave invented a language of teen angst.
Teen pop will never die as long as there are teens and popular music. It just takes a different head.
But when I was a teenager the idea of spending the rest of my life in a factory was real depressing. So the idea that I could become a musician opened up some possibilities I didn't see otherwise.
Like all tools modern technology has produced some wonderful moments in music and also some horrors.
The technology is good and it's bad. You know what you're dealing with out there musically but my head stops at this electronic stuff. I don't quite know what I'm dealing with out there yet.
The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette from the CD to the digital download these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed but the very way artists created it.
I hated science in high school. Technology? Engineering? Math? Why would I ever need this? Little did I realize that music was also about science technology engineering and mathematics all rolled into one.
I think that technology has both introduced new sounds but also allowed an increasingly painterly approach to recording music as you can now paint over what you've done and more and more refine an existing performance.