Joan Chandos Baez is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. She is a soprano with a three-octave vocal range and a distinctively rapid vibrato. Many of her songs are topical and deal with social issues.
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You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when.
You can decide how you're going to live now.
Action is the antidote to despair.
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
All serious daring starts from within.
Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.
I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
Action is the antidote to despair.
As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
In this society, we don't like to face the future and the dying process and all of it. Most of us really don't want to think about it, but it's facing me in the mirror every day.
I didn't study anything really. I didn't learn out of the books because I couldn't read music very well, so it is what they say it is - you learn from other people. And my cohorts and I would sneak around the coffee shops and hear stuff we wanted to learn, and then you ask whoever was playing it to teach you.
We need to have faith in the people who are giving this movement direction to be smart enough to stay one step ahead of what's coming up next.
As long as we keep searching, the answers come.
I would say that I'm a nonviolent soldier.
In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you...because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.
Living so fully, I can't imagine what any drug could do for me.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
I'd hear a tune in my head and the words would come.
And then, very suddenly it just stopped. It seemed too stilted to try and learn how to write a song, to go to round robins and to learn things from other people on how to write a song. So I just stopped and did other things.
Only you and I can help the sun rise each coming morning.
If we don't, it may drench itself out in sorrow.
Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.
During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent;
I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.
God must have something to do with joy ... and with sadness.
Seeing you sleeping peacefully on your back among your stuffed ducks, bears and basset hounds, would remind me that no matter how good the next day might be, certain moments were gone forever because we could not go backwards in time.
If you're gonna sing meaningful songs, you have to be committed to living a life that backs that up.
Social change really cannot happen unless people are willing to take a risk, and they were. And I was so moved by that, and of course by the way that he spoke, that made a huge dent in my belief system and my spirit.
If you swing both ways, you really swing. I just figure you double your pleasure.
Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times.
I have been true to the principles of nonviolence, developing a stronger and stronger aversion to the ideologies of both the far right and the far left and a deeper sense of rage and sorrow over the suffering they continue to produce all over the world.
I wish it was clear for me how it happened [stop writing songs], then maybe I could start writing again. But it's kind of an "it." It just submerged itself. Because the way I had always written was just that it came out. It just happened.
Now I know I understand that it was Sgt.
Pepper's Band, that put the sixties into song, where have all the heroes gone?
There are good guys, and there are congressional people who are good guys, and I certainly vote in those elections. You know, my fondest dream would be if Obama, when he got out of office, decided he was going to go back and organize on the streets. He'd be the only person I could imagine who could really create a movement similar to what King did, and God knows we need that now.
If you don't have music, you have silence. There is power in both.
It sounds corny, but it's absolutely true: A song chooses me.
I don't go looking for a certain kind of lyric. It kind of develops its own little arc and I'll just see what happens.
The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
I am so disconnected from the world of rock 'n' roll.
I was always peripheral, partly because of the drug culture. I was not involved in that.
In other words, it is what I do in the world that matters.
When I traveled for three months in the Mideast, the places I wanted to go back to were Turkey and the Gaza Strip. It has to do with what Gandhi said: he found God in the eyes of the poor. Those are the places which were so moving that they were just unbearable.
I was writing "Diamonds and Rust' and it had nothing to do with what it turned out to be. I don't remember what it is, but I think I was writing a song. It was literally interrupted by a phone call, and it just took another curve and it came out to be what it was.
I'm not a rock and roller, a hitmaker.
I'm highly dependent on what's coming out of these vocal cords.
And my voice now is a struggle, it's a daily struggle to keep it up.
Gravity has begun to fight the vocal cords the way it does with everybody. So I have a vocal therapist, and we record the sessions and I use them on tour every day.
The longer you practice nonviolence and the meditative qualities of it that you will need, the more likely you are to do something intelligent in any situation.
I'm a badass. I really am. When you see me hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg, I am perfectly at home and comfortable.
Somebody else does the rigor and then I listen.
I have an assistant, and my manager, and other people who hunt and find and send it to me, and then I just figure out which ones I can do justice to.
I love the lower ranges of my new voice.
I really enjoy that. It's a challenge, and I accept the challenge. I sort of enjoy it now to reach notes that maybe four years ago I couldn't reach. I don't mean to grumble about it. I'm past that critical period and have gone on to a whole new field. And we go everywhere. We travel around the world, and I learn songs from every place we go, and it's a joyful process.
That's all nonviolence is - organized love.
I was addicted to rhythm 'n' blues pretty much directly into folk music.
I had my little 45s of mostly black artists. That was as close as I got. I've never listened to heavy rock or stuff that jangles my nerves, because I'm already jangled.
I've been obsessed with stopping people from blowing each other's brains out since I was ten.
If it came back I would be thrilled. I would be delighted to write more songs. I need them now because I want to make an album and I have to depend on other people's music, which I've done for years. But still, it'd be really nice to be able to sprinkle it with my own.
We both know what memories can bring / They bring diamonds and rust.
All of us are survivors, but how many of us transcend survival?
There's a consensus out that it's OK to kill when your government decides who to kill. If you kill inside the country you get in trouble. If you kill outside the country, right time, right season, latest enemy, you get a medal.
I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.
People say I'm such a pessimist, but I always was.
It never stopped me from doing what I had to do. I would say I'm a realist.