I started singing when I was five. I grew up the youngest of four kids who all studied classical piano, so you could say I've been listening to music ever since the moment of conception.
— K. D. Lang
I just try to speak passionately about things I'm involved in and moved by.
There needn't be a distinction between your life and your music.
My voice and the styles and genres I sing all express my appreciation for what I hear.
I'm a singer and as long as I can sing - which, thank God, is something that I still seem to be able to do - I'd like to carry on making records.
I'm nearly 50. I'm past being photographed falling out of bars.
The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there.
I believe in monogamy if that's what a couple decides upon together, but it all depends on the personal history and culture of the two involved.
I think I fall into a lot of cracks in terms of I'm too something. I'm too this, I'm too that. And my music has never really had a home. I've been this floating alternative. I'm too mainstream for alternative. I'm too alternative for mainstream. And I'm just kind of wandering.
I think masculinity is bravado against the mystery of the universe of women. It's just a fear of not knowing what women have that's so powerful. It's this shield they put up to try to get closer.
I feel like at 50 I've decided to become a rock star, which is, you know, typical of me. I always seem to work backwards.
I think I have a better sense of my weaknesses - being self-important, selfish and having a big ego probably triggers all the other stuff. I can see myself more clearly.
The older I get, the more I embrace who I am.
If you knew how meat was made, you'd probably lose your lunch.
I don't believe that human beings are necessarily monogamous.
Television really has been my vehicle. I don't get played on the radio much, so I've relied on TV a lot.
Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing - it's what comes through.
I never, my producer never, we never let myself just sing. We were always trying to get the perfect vocal.
Minimal is the word I'd use to describe how I live and dress, and it's also how I sing. I'm not a big fan of overemoting.
I think I don't sing as hard as I used to sing. I used to kind of hit the accelerator a lot back in my youth, but now it's just being able to control it, and not work it so hard and use more of an emotional or sub textual kind of approach to singing.
Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss.
I just try to live a really simple, natural life, because obviously, life has an impact on your voice.
As a songwriter you have an umbilical cord to the song and it's hard to expand on your understanding of the lyrics. Whereas when you cover a song you can create your own reason why you're attached to it.
I mean, I am fully aware of my influence and my responsibility to society in general representing the gay community. But in the same time, I don't represent the entire gay community because it's a vast, vast community, as one can imagine.
I just really allowed my muse to be my guide and I just go with whatever I'm feeling.
When women make their image about youth and sexuality, and not about intellect, that's kind of a dead-end road. So I think it's a combination of self-entrapment and entrapment by society.
Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn't really have judgement in it's purest form. So just go, just go.
We're in a period where society seems very attracted to flash, and that seeps into people's musical taste.
I wanted to write songs that would play themselves on stage, songs that sweep you through their current.
I sort of believe that my voice was preordained; I'm a Buddhist who believes in reincarnation so I think that my voice is a few lifetimes old.
It was kind of easier for me to do records that didn't take a year or two years of my life to write and to make.
It's just a theory really, but I have always thought that your physical surroundings can shape your voice and personality.
I never get tired of exploring Americana or country music, and I always have a little bit of a crooner in me that never seems to go away.
There are days when I still want to be able to do what I want when I want, but there's also something wonderful about being secure.
I don't sing anything that hurts my voice.
I often say fame is kind of like a drug or like sugar: when it's controlling you it doesn't feel good at all.
I think I have allowed my voice to experiment with the different genres. And I think that I have just really enjoyed the journey of getting to know my voice and seeing what it's capable of, what it's not capable of.
Life is so impermanent that it's not about somebody else or things around me, it's about knowing you are completely alone in this world and being content inside.
My public image is so low-key, but I get to travel the world and still have an audience and it's really amazing. I don't take that for granted.
You have to respect your audience. Without them, you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.