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For years I’ve wanted to live according to everyone else’s morals. I’ve forced myself to live like everyone else, to look like everyone else. I said what was necessary to join together, even when I felt separate. And after all of this, catastrophe came. Now I wander amid the debris, I am lawless, torn to pieces, alone and accepting to be so, resigned to my singularity and to my infirmities. And I must rebuild a truth-after having lived all my life in a sort of lie.
Family seems so rich and complicated to me. There’s meant to be this unfailing biological loyalty and yet at the same time it’s this theatre for various kinds of cruelty. I know it doesn’t always work out that way, but the worst possible behaviour is sort of allowed for. It looks to me like an endlessly rich container for really terrible drama, but also pretty grand love. It accommodates such a variety of feeling in such a natural way, and it feels so relatable, and yet it’s such a funny construct, socially, the family.
I hope that people can relate to my music, it’s very relatable, it’s very fun, it’s very honest. It’s very, very, honest. I know that my fans will probably learn a lot about me by listening to my music, if they really listen to the lyrics. I’m sure they’ll learn about a new side to me, it’s all very honest, I don’t put on any… there’s no fake-ness to it, it’s very real and I hope my fans can relate to it and that it’s enjoyable for all ages.
[Sasha] for me it was a dream. I got to tell everybody where to go and how fast to get there. It was very exciting. It was still an Aaron Spelling show, with the hair and make-up and everything, but there were also motorcycles. For my life, at that time, it was such a perfect thing. I had all this inner anger to get out, and it was so exciting to get paid to do it. She had anger and sexuality and rebellion, but there was still that very sweet core. I didn’t have to be something entirely unrecognizable or un-relatable. I just loved her to death.
The good thing is in my case I’m all about love and communications, so there was no hard feelings, it was like ok we reached the end of this season and I wish you well and it’s time to move on. As a pop song it’s definitely open to many different interpretations, I received a call from a cousin saying that it helped her heal after an abusive relationship and another friend said it represented her of a summer fling. We tried to write carefully so that it can be relatable to cover a wide audience.
It’s just all love. That’s what music is. That’s why music is created. To make people feel good, to uplift people. That’s what musicians are for: to give everyone an escape, to let everyone feel good and take people out of everyday problems, so that they can hear music and sing words that are hopefully relatable.
I love when there’s an obstacle to overcome, even for the audience to actually empathize with that character. I find that interesting, and then, how to work around that and make them relatable. That’s something that you have to dig into the moments and into the performances and see how to play those situations that make them relatable.
Well I would say that, you know, I agree in part with that it [The Starter Wife] is fantasy and it is a romp in that, you know, the comedy stems from shining a light on the sort of more extreme aspects of the Hollywood culture. So, you know, anytime you turn up the gas, so to speak, on the stove and make things more extreme it becomes funny. But I do think that, you know, the other half of the show is absolutely relatable and that’s been an important goal of ours.