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By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

What happened on "As Cool As I Am" was, you know how in the `90s, "the personal is political, the political is personal"? That was a really big thing. Choices you made about how you recorded and what instruments you used and how much real versus how much synthetic. Those were choices that were seen as very political at the time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

If you're looking for can-do, earthy-crunchy attitude then you've got to go to Wisconsin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

I'm becoming a professional nomad and enjoying that whole part of my life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

You know how people say they're either like a cat or a dog? I feel like a cat. I just want to be alone. Isn't that weird? It's a lot to take in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

I am one of those sort of "lesser" types, those sensitive types, those people who wouldn't have made it on their own if other people hadn't helped them. A straightforward capitalist society would've cut them off and let them die. So I was saved by my friends and by my family and by people who cared about me, and by modern psychotherapy that cared about women.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

The kind of organic wave, the way that waves move, and I'm not just talking about feminism, the way that a social movement might rise like a wave. It's harder to build any kind of wave now. Things are important to you and then they recede within a day. That's the only thing that keeps me from believing that there's going to be any one organic big wave; although the Americana (music) thing has been happening for a while.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

"Is it how she moves, or how she looks?" I say it's loneliness suspended to our own like grappling hooks, And as long as she's got noise, she's fine. But I could teach her how I learned to dance when the music's ended.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

I have odometer readings, kids; all sorts of measurements of what I've been doing for the last 20 years. I get it. I get that it was a while ago.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Just like my career, I've sung the same songs night after night in so many ways. It's always different because every space is different. I lost my mojo once. It was like Austin Powers. I don't know why or how, but I had to get it back. And I did.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Now that I believe in God, I have an extra layer of saying I'll write about what I write about and assume that I'm being offered the opportunity to illuminate something important. But when you think you are too important, you become some sort of fascist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Sixties folk rock was my original muse and the folk audience-people who listen to music off the beaten track-fostered my career. I definitely don't want to abandon the genre but I also need to make sure I'm Dar Williams first.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dar Williams

Well, my friends give me purple flowers and orange tea and goosedown spinning quilts and torquoise chairs we greet one another in a wild profusion of words and wave farewell amidst the wonderment of air In the laughing times we know we are lucky In the quiet times we know that we are blessed And we will not be alone

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

I think the music was speaking to that opening up of whose voice gets heard and how multidimensional that voice can be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

But social justice and the environment are very tied together in my head.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

But if you're looking to be spooked by really tall trees then you've got to go to Washington State.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

When people in government [make mistakes], they don't say, those people in the government. They say, we've got a problem to solve.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Mortal City was really influenced by geography. [The song] "The Ocean" is the Pacific Northwest. Southern California and New York also figure into songs, and Iowa. "February" is very much about New England. "Mortal City" is Philadelphia. The whole album is this anthropomorphized landscape where the metaphors live in this geography.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

Writing 'February' made me realize that breaking form is a way of letting the song be human.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

There's a marketing scheme that tells you that pregnancy and child rearing will make you into a moron, that your kids are only happy when you're buying them stuff. It's hard being a parent, but I laugh a lot and smile a lot and really enjoy it. The ratio of laughter to sadness is higher. There's part of me that wants to broadcast that. Parenting only affirmed what I already cared about, and that's good.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

There's the wind And the rain And the mercy of the fallen Who say, "Hey, it's not my place To know what's right" There's the weak And the strong And the many stars that guide us We have some of them inside us

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Some of us have such incredible things that can keep us from acting. We have the luxury of drinking such good wine, and having such good information at our fingertips. I can look up anything on my computer. And I can call any friend at the drop of a hat on my cell phone. And I can have beautiful clothing and great food in a world where people are being tortured. I have some responsibility for that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

Every once in a while I'll say something...I dropped the F-bomb early on in my career. There was this lesbian couple and they looked super-hip. One of them looked at me and shook her head, like "Don't do that." I think she was doing it to say, "It doesn't work." She didn't say anything but it was this cautionary moment. I knew it didn't work. There are just so many other words to choose from.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

For my 50th birthday I just want to make it all make sense [being exactly half introvert], and then a couple of weeks later do the blow-out with all my friends.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

Empires are doomed. They become more diffuse, more broke, demagogues rule, and so I was just pointing out some similarities between past empires and what's going on right now. They all have had to apply more and more harsh rhetoric of superiority and divine right to justify the building of hegemony.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

I went from having three little jobs that I strung together to being on the road full-time; having some savings that my managers told me to spend. You fly all over the country opening for these other people. You pay a publicist to get some press while you're establishing yourself and you will be solvent in this career forevermore.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dar Williams

The summer ends and we wonder who we are And there you go, my friends, with your boxes in your car And today I passed the high school, the river, the maple tree I passed the farms that made it Through the last days of the century And I knew that I was going to learn again Again, in this less hazy light I saw the fields beyond the fields The fields beyond the fields

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

The funny thing is musicians often love to go to see visual art because you've got all these pictures to turn into metaphors.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

What was nice about the nineties is that it was an example of music that responded to a desire of the times. It spoke to the social conditions of the times. Women were making more money. Women were saying, "My voice counts. If we're going out on a Friday night, I don't want to see a Rambo movie. I want to go see a singer/songwriter who sings about my life".

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Sometimes life gives us lessons sent in ridiculous packaging.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

And if I had a camera Showing all the light we give And showing where the light extends I'd give it to my friends

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

I would encourage people to bridge broadly and creatively in their communities, not just because that creates the most fun and resiliency, but also because it creates the most points of access for people to be part of the community, which is what democracy is at its best.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

The rest of the songs on the album [Mortal City ] have spare arrangements on them. Steve [Miller], really loved that. He'd just come off of a project with someone who basically had to mask the fact that there were no songs there with production. He said, "Oh, my God, you have real songs here!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

If you're lucky you find something that reflects you, Helps you feel your life, protects you, Cradles you and connects you to everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

It's a collective truth that slavery is wrong, that child labor is wrong, that gross inequality is wrong. God didn't send it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

How I long to fall just a little bit, to dance out of the lines and stray from the light.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

I've watched towns and cities evolve and become very resilient, and fun, and unique, and prosperous on their own terms. And the secret is bridging. It's when the local church has a fun clothing swap fundraiser with a temple, and then the next year they bring in the mosque.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

God looks like a guidance counselor, God's got that smile. God says, 'How could this be? That's really odd I guess I'll have to check my records, silly me, you know, I'm only God.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

I remember doing "As Cool As I Am" and Steve Miller, the producer, saying "I really hear a drum loop here. I want to play it for you." When I wrote it, I thought, "This isn't going to sound very folky. I don't think it's going to go with mandolins and banjos." Then he played the loop for me and it sounded right.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

What we need to do is pull the rug out so billionaires in our country wake up one morning and say, wow, 80 percent of the country has a solar panel, and we can't make our billions anymore because other people are making millions, but not billions, on alternative energy that doesn't require war. Suddenly, the war-making machinery is not necessary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

Go ahead, push your luck, find out how much love the world can hold.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

It's just that you don't have to bring it to every stage. You can do a fundraiser for people that you support. You don't necessarily have to talk about one thing or another when you're on your own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

There's tons of anger and angst and peculiarity and eccentricity, and good towns know that that's okay. But towns that are kind of bullshit don't know what to do with all those feelings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

A lot of men were also becoming more attuned and less afraid of women [in the nineties ].

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

We all do the wrong thing. And then we have to wake up the next morning and live with the fact that we have done things that are wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

There was one tour where I thought, "If I can't get this feeling back of being excited to be on the stage, then I will quit." Because I have friends who have dialed it in and I watch their concerts and shake my head. I'm sure the audience can tell, too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

A song versus an album is not like a scene versus a play.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dar Williams

In terms of our democracy, we are sort of shrugging our shoulders and saying, oh dear, Guantánamo, that's so awful, that's so awful, but it's here. The pendulum usually swings from left to right and then right to left, but there are so many people in power who have taken the pendulum and just pinned it to the right that there is a fear that it's never going to swing back.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dar Williams

Milwaukee one of my favorite cites; I think Milwaukee is #1.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

The summer ends and we wonder who we are And there you go, my friends, with your boxes in your car And today I passed the high school, the river, the maple tree I passed the farms that made it Through the last days of the century And I knew that I was going to learn again Again, in this less hazy light I saw the fields beyond the fields The fields beyond the field

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dar Williams

There was a lot of distance between the Dar of The Honesty Room and the Dar of Mortal City, so there was no attempt.