Sara Bareilles Quotes

  1. I wasn’t Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson. I wasn’t Tori Amos or Norah Jones. Nobody knew what to do with me.
  2. I have been very fortunate to be a part of tours with other artists that have exposed me to new places that I’ve never been before. Once you discover something beautiful, you just want to keep coming back.
  3. I have a tendency to become very self-critical.
  4. I’m such a fan of the Obamas in general, and I love how dignified and charismatic and how intelligent they are. They are so warm and kind and encouraging, especially of young people, and I really love seeing that.
  5. I have no business carrying myself like some diva.
  6. I’ve been told to wear different things, to look different, to lose weight, to look sexier, to wear more hair, to wear more makeup.
  7. I used to sing songs from musicals all the time as a kid.
  8. I feel like my songs are like diary entries for me. So I usually write about things that have happened to me specifically or sometimes it can be someone who’s close to me.
  9. My favourite thing to do in any city is just to get lost and go for long walks.
  10. It’s so easy to just rip someone’s work apart.
  11. I feel very ill-equipped to be giving anyone advice about their life.
  12. I’m never gonna be somebody who’s gonna fall down from the sky on a trapeze. That’s not me. I really want to make sure that my focus stays on connecting with the audience.
  13. I want to do good work in the world.
  14. The women in my family are all super-emotional. The catchphrase in our family is ‘Listen to my words, not my tears.’
  15. I don’t want to fake anybody out and make them think I’m a great actress.
  16. I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell.
  17. I’m a social person, and I’m used to working as a band member. I like that. I like being a part of a family onstage and on the road.
  18. I love, when I feel challenged, to step up to my highest capacity.
  19. Elton John is a huge influence and an artist I’ve listened to since I was a little girl.
  20. I’m of the ilk of writers that feels you have to be open to the inspiration.
  21. I’m a traditional singer-songwriter. I have a more organic sound.
  22. I think there’s so much honor and integrity and beauty in being able to be who you are.
  23. One of my earliest memories of writing at a piano was alongside my sister.
  24. I never played coffee shops; I just played a lot of coffee shop-sized venues. I took every venue I could get my hands on.
  25. I didn’t know I’d ever write a Broadway musical.
  26. The greatest thing we can do is to give each other a safe space to truly, truly be ourselves in the world.
  27. I have spent my whole career worrying that the big bad pop monster was going to eat me when I wasn’t looking.
  28. I think I have some anger-management issues, and they end up coming out in these passive-aggressive songs that sound happy.
  29. Stepping back into theatre, a childhood dream, I always felt like I would be onstage. I hadn’t imagined myself in a composer role… I find it so satisfying to be behind the scenes and writing the music and watching it elevated and characterized by different voices than my own. It’s so exciting.
  30. I’m mostly a mess, and I hide it pretty well a lot of time.
  31. I love the sound and temperament of an upright piano.
  32. Everything I do will always be compared to ‘Love Song’ in terms of success or the way it’s written or whatever, but it was a really formative moment in my life and in my career.
  33. I was a fat girl growing up and had to change schools because kids were so mean.
  34. If you take your fear and mash it into something that’s actually useful, then it doesn’t feel like it wins.
  35. I’m grateful to have the chance to be inspired by the incredible artists that are out there.
  36. My life is so different because of ‘Waitress.’ The people that I’m close to, the things I do professionally, my colleagues, my best friend and my boyfriend – like, all of these things have come to me because of the show. And it’s really beautiful.
  37. I would like to look back on my body of work and be proud of each record in its own right, but as a whole, I want to continue to grow and move forward.
  38. I would never intentionally want to hurt someone’s feelings.
  39. My hairstylist taught me a trick for my hair. You section off your hair and put them up in these crazy little knots and then it looks like you curled your hair. It’s saved me so much time ’cause on the road you don’t have time or plugs to plug your curling iron in.
  40. Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be.
  41. With musical theatre, although there are rules, they’re so different to the ones I feel like I have accidentally been ingrained with writing pop music. The main point is to tell the story. You just have to make sure the character’s voice is strong and the storytelling is strong.
  42. Nobody ever thinks a song is about them. Well, not when it’s mean. When it’s a good song everybody thinks it’s about them. And when it’s mean, nobody thinks it’s about them.
  43. I’m writing about emotions.
  44. One of the great things I learned from how cooperative theater is, you can’t be too precious about your ideas.

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