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Ani DiFranco, American Musician ( September 23, 1970 - )

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I did a lot of work with myself over the course of being pregnant and the first few months of being pregnant. It's nice, the pace of being pregnant; it gives you a long time to not just germinate a baby but germinate the mother that you're gonna be.~Ani DiFranco


Mother Work Time

Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.~Ani DiFranco


Love Time Love Is

I don't care if they eat me alive, I've got better things to do then survive.~Ani DiFranco


Me Care Better

I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it's all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know.~Ani DiFranco


Work Time Father

Patriarchy is like the elephant in the room that we don't talk about, but how could it not affect the planet radically when it's the superstructure of human society.~Ani DiFranco


Society Elephant Human

We have to be able to criticise what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if your not trying to make something better, than as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.~Ani DiFranco


Love Trying Better

Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society And it's one we rarely address because it's so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance.~Ani DiFranco


Peace Balance Society

Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked 'other.'~Ani DiFranco


You Box Either

Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant.~Ani DiFranco


Music Women Anger

Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don't think its fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.~Ani DiFranco


Art Morning Living

Some people wear their heart up on their sleeve. I wear mine underneath my right pant leg, strapped to my boot.~Ani DiFranco


Heart People Wear

In order to keep anything cultural, logical, or ideological, you have to reinvent the reality of it.~Ani DiFranco


Reality You Logical

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.~Ani DiFranco


Woman Feminism She

There isn't much I have to say, that I wouldn't rather just shut up and do.~Ani DiFranco


Say Up Shut Up

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.~Ani DiFranco


Strength Comfort Know

Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends. But, there's nothing like looking at your own history in the faces of your friends.~Ani DiFranco


History Friends Looking

Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall.~Ani DiFranco


Beauty Poetry Wind

These days, my main guitar amps have been Magnatone. They're beautiful. Magnatones have actual tremolo, which I recently learned about guitar amps. Often what guitar amps call vibrato is really just a volume Up and Down. But Magnatone has a true vibrato, which is pitch bending. And so, it's just a lush sound.~Ani DiFranco


Beautiful Guitar Down

I've been trying to learn how to not be so conflicted about things like my own anger. I've always had a place in my music for my anger as a way of compensating for not having a mechanism to express it in my everyday life. So I've been trying to be more true to myself, and that helps me to chill out a little bit. But politically, uh-uh. No.~Ani DiFranco


Life Music Myself

Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'~Ani DiFranco


Music Relationship You

You can't start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.~Ani DiFranco


Peace End Balance

I do believe that music has an intense power to connect us together, to inspire us to become ourselves.~Ani DiFranco


Music Power Together

Having more exposure is kind of a bittersweet thing for me, honestly, because it's nice to have a little more job security in life now.~Ani DiFranco


Life Job Security

It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me.~Ani DiFranco


I Am People Me

God forbid you be an ugly girl, 'course too pretty is also your doom, 'cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.~Ani DiFranco


God Girl Ugly

I seriously hate pop music and all things super-commercial.~Ani DiFranco


Music Hate Seriously