If you want to be noticed as a drop of water, why would you move to the ocean?— Neko Case
The most professional Neko Case quotes that are new and everybody is talking about
Playing in an independent rock band will eventually make you equal parts truck driver, gladiator and mule. Glamour is for those with trust funds.
I would be a huge hypocrite if I didn't tell you that at one time in my life I thought the way that you made music was you got on a major label and you got famous.
I should have been an abortion. The only reason I wasn't was that my father was a Christian.
I have this typical Ukrainian face. Even people who know my music don't recognize me most of the time, thank God.
I try not to be overly literal. When I'm writing songs, I write down a lot of words, and then I try to simplify it. I like to give people hints or words that make visual pictures for them.
Every band wants to go believe me, not everybody makes it, but they want to.
People get strange about whether you've written your own songs, which seems really stupid considering that, especially in Country Music, it's about oral tradition and passing things on and the songs weren't meant to be played by one person and then forgotten.
I don't know anybody who doesn't hate being called alt.
country. It just sounds like a website. I don't mind being called Americana, I don't mind being called country noir, or independent country is fine, but the words alt.country make me insane.
I grew up with lots of animals and I related more to them than I did to people.
I feel a lot of empathy for them.
I want to get away from the social vampires in Tucson.
The people who have no lives of their own and meet me and know who I am and feel entitled to say negative things. I have good friends here, especially in the bands. But a lot of it is just like high school.
Rich kids who write songs about food stamps always piss me off.
I'm not going to write any songs about that, either.
I like to think that I'm not old yet.
The Bible tries to make humans not animals the whole time. I think it's a bit of a mistake.
If I could ever be on a Missy Elliott record, I could then die.
Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige - I love hearing them interviewed, I love the way they talk about their art. They're very self-assured, they're funny, they're inviting. I love it.
When you get an idea, it's not going to be a great idea until you push it.
You’ve got to push it until it’s uncomfortable. And then you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Does my project say to my audience what I want it to say?’ ”
I've had stalkers.
I think I've kind of been mistaken for somebody who's trying to be a spokesperson for animal rights, and the fact is I'm not qualified to be a spokesperson. I am passionate about it, but I'm not trying to make other people do what I do.
I really wanted to find a piano for the farm house.
There were so many free pianos on Craigslist, I thought, 'Let's get as many free pianos as we can and stick them all in the barn.' I got eight in a short period of time, only six of which were tunable, but it's still quite funny.
You're not supposed to totally know what's happening.
The songs are supposed to give you clues so you can fill in the blanks.
I tried to have more than one emotion on the record.
I like driving. I'm a real sucker for driving across North America - I never get sick of it, ever.
I didn't want to be the girl who posed in 'Playboy' and then - by the way - made some music.
Everyone has to kind of fend for themselves.
Making music makes me feel vulnerable in the best possible way. It gives me a feeling of balance.
I have a pathological fear of getting my picture taken.
I'm too small for the universe to revolve around me. It is a huge relief!
I think my songwriting might be a little more on the darker side maybe.
I don't feel nervous or fearful when I'm on stage.
I don't think it's important for everyone necessarily, and I totally respect that because everyone writes differently.
It's like sometimes, you can just lay back and it takes the pressure off of you.
We don’t need more ‘What if the mother is going to die’ debated, we need ‘I had an abortion because I was not ready to be a mother. It was my choice and my right. I own it. Back the f@#( up.
The relationship of humans to nature. We are sadly divorced from it.
I get outside a lot. I am a huge champion of physical activity. It's so important.
Everybody in my band is married, pretty much, and have lives at home, and I don't want them to be away from their families so long that they just start to feel psychotic. You have to go home and stand around in your bathrobe doing your dishes to feel like a normal person sometimes.
There's not like a science to it, necessarily, but I'm also the kind of person who spends a long time in the studio. I will spend my entire advance just getting it done, which is probably stupid, but I don't have extravagant taste. I mean, I paid for it, so there you go. Why not? The recording process is also very fun.
There's no grand excellence to it. In my experience it was just almost the gulaggy boringness of it that'll kill you. You're just in this murk. And you're with other humans, but you lose all your human skills and it's just like you're in this plastic bag and you can't quite connect with people. You lose your ability to transmit electricity or something, and to receive it.
Being the boss of your own career, you get used to having veto power and getting what you want, or as close to what you want as you have mapped out.
Dream dictionaries are so disappointing.
They're so limited, and I think they're just total bullshit. I really do. I don't know much about the Freudian theory of dreams; it's probably more interesting than your average hippie dream dictionary, but it's got to be a lot deeper than that. It can't all be about sex all the time, so I don't know if Freud is right either.
When you're making records, you develop, and so you hear the things you want to move away from. It stings a little, but you know, you gotta own it too. You've got to just go, "You know, I wasn't afraid to learn in front of people, so I give myself a little credit for not being afraid of anything."
The most tender place in my heart is for strangers.
I know it's unkind, but my own blood is much too dangerous.
We shouldn't censor ourselves based on the weak idea of "looking cool.
" It's such a waste of potential awesomeness.
I always end up working with people that do a really good job, so I'm the only one that I'm worried about disappointing me, not the musicians ever.
I remember people would talk about Country Music like it was this sexist, lame thing. Well, no, because Dolly Parton is writing songs and playing her guitar and producing. She's doing it all and she's got hits on the radio.
There's just kind of a sweetness about Canadians.
Americans are a little more pushy, I mean, in a way that I enjoy - they're basically pushy because of their enthusiasm - we're a lot clumsier than other people.
Around 2010, I kind of looked up and said, I'm 40 years old.
You know, I chose music. I don't have a husband. I don't have any kids. Like, I chose music. So, I had to make a decision. Like, do I want to do something else, or do I want to go from journeyman to master? And I realized, I want to be a really good musician.
Country music is completely punk-rock. It's the original punk-rock.
I just really dig feeling subservient to nature.
It brings me a peace and calm. Kind of like a Faustian thing, I think.
The men who have gotten women pregnant need to be accountable if we are.
If we are going to jail, the men are coming too. Religious rhetoric will bite its own ass trying to nail only women in a two-person process.