You know, that single girl life and that sense of isolation - that doesn't leave you just like that. And that's what that song is about. I remember that, and that is imprinted on me, that sense.— Mary Chapin Carpenter
The most fascinating Mary Chapin Carpenter quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
In this world, you've a soul for a compass and a heart for a pair of wings.
Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World.
Carry with you maps and string, flashlights, friends who make you sing, and stars to help you find your place, music, hope, and amazing grace.
Dreamland is a book, but it's my song in book form. It's translated itself into a different medium.
Life is never a straight line - it's peaks and valleys.
Why would you want to be the same person every day of your life?
Was it a light only she could see? A gypsy's spell? A mystery?
Every sleepy boy and girl in every bed around the world- Can hear the stars up in the sky whispering a lullaby
We all have two lives. The one we are given and the one we create.
My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India.
And I can tell by the way you're searching For something you can't even name That you haven't been able to come to the table Simply glad that you came And when you feel like this try to imagine That we're all like frail boats on the sea Just scanning the night for that great guiding light Announcing the Jubilee
Some people say that you should not tempt fate and for them I cannot disagree, but I never learned anything from playing it safe. I say fate should not tempt me.
In this world you've a soul for a compass And a heart for a pair of wings There's a star on the far horizon Rising bright in an azure sky For the rest of the time that you're given Why walk when you can fly?
I think topical songwriting is a real gift, and it's hard not to be pedantic and show up with the sledgehammer message.
I think on a stage in front of thousands of people is a wildly invigorating and amazing experience, and it requires a certain skill set; then being in the studio, and being curled up in the fetal position under the piano, that requires another skill set.
God forgives somehow we have yet to learn the same.
I don't think you need to dumb down to a child, you merely have to be clear, you know?
I grew up listening to everything, and when I got signed to a record deal out of Nashville, that was my introduction to what was happening in country music.
The bedrock thing of country music is, it's about storytelling.
I feel like I was able to find a niche because I connected to that in some way.
I was a liberal arts junkie and I figured, well, I'll go work for somebody somewhere. All I knew was that I was going to have to come home and figure it out.
I'm a liberal arts junkie.
You know, I didn't have enough money to quit my day job.
.. the myth of the major label deal. Nowadays, you have a tour bus and a stylist and all this stuff. But back then, no way.
I like to feel that every day or most days, I do a little bit of writing.
I am a creature of habit in terms of the way I live.
So I came home and I had a resume and everything, but the only job experience I had was just playing in bars and clubs on my summers off. So, I was temping and stuff during the day and playing music at night.
I feel that it's nothing if not an incredible privilege to be able to get up on stage and play for people, and I don't ever take it for granted.
Fool you once, you are forgiven. Fool you twice, you're just a fool.
You've gotta know happy. You've gotta know sad. 'Cause you're gonna know lonely and you're gonna know sad
I think that every new record is a chance to.
.. I think what it is for me is my heart and soul at that moment in time... I've always felt that just being able to make a record is a privilege.
It's a marvelous feeling when someone says 'I want to do this song of yours' because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
I woke to find every window open I woke to find the heavy door ajar And I walked outside and stood upon the hilltop And gazed once more on a bright morning star I walked outside and every bird was singing As I found again my bright morning star
I was really young, but I can't say that I wrote much of anything.
I liked to scribble; I thought of it as that. But I was playing guitar and ukulele when I was in second grade.
Sometimes you get there in spite of the route Losing track of your life and what it's about The road seems to know when to straighten right out... I could wonder if all of it led me to you I could show you the arrows and circles I drew I didn't have a map, it's the best I could do On the fly and on the run
I found Elvis on the Internet, I went camping with a young cadet, he showed me his bayonet.
Everything changes in every genre, whether it's pop, rock or country.
It seemed inevitable to try to address my feelings about everything that had happened. To a certain degree, it felt cathartic, but it's less cathartic to me than it is illuminating and helping me navigate my own feelings.
As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago.
.. I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time.
So I think that if I do feel more freedom right now in my career, it's not so much because I have less at stake but more a sense that I've learned more.
I certainly felt the desire to reach as many people as I could;
I wanted to make the most of this opportunity, sure. But I wouldn't call it pressure the way we're thinking of it now.
I take my chances. I can't cling to remorse or regret.
A dreamer born is a hero bred.
I feel like they're different creatures, live and in the studio, but that's what makes it so interesting to me. If they didn't have any different shadings or colors, you might as well be a hologram or something.
I went to college and I never allowed myself to think for an instant that I would have this chance to do this.
I don't remember a voice On a dark, lonesome road When I started this journey so long ago I was only just trying to outrun the noise There was never a question of having a choice
I don't really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us.
It's a marvelous feeling when someone says I want to do this song of yours because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
I kept thinking, I went to college and I have to get a real job.
I've crossed lines of word and wire and both have cut me deep.
I've been frozen out and I've been on fire, and the tears are mine to weep.
As far as politically how country music goes, it's true that it's regarded from a distance as a genre of music that at different times, the more right elements of the political spectrum have claimed for their own.
I know some artists who come out of country music and the three sessions a day work ethic where you walk in, and you're told you play this note, this note, and this note, and you don't vary it. I know that works great for some people. It wouldn't work for me.
I've never... when I was having songs on the airwaves, and that sort of thing, I never felt a sense of pressure anywhere except from myself, to do things the way I wanted to do them; to feel authentic; to feel like I was presenting my true self to the world.