We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Emmylou Harris Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I really have shaken hands with where my voice is right now. I think it’s got a little deeper; it’s got some more grooves in it.
Country taught me how to sing, it put me on a path. But I was never going to be locked into a formula. I don’t want to be considered a current country artist.
My parents were not very happy. They were very worried about me pursuing a career that even if I had talent might not give me the happiness and the success that they – any parent hopes for their child.
Bluegrass has a very, very strict musical form. Once you start to dilute it, it disappears.
I’m very influenced by landscapes, not so much the way places look as the way the names sound. In this country we’ve got so many cultures, and the place names – the Spanish names and the Indian names, which are so incredibly musical.
Somehow, when you think about yourself in old age, you think you’re going to be this completely different person that you don’t even recognize – because you can’t imagine it, you know?
Yes, I always say that we’re a National League band. What I mean is, if you play an instrument, you have to sing. So I always call our drummer up. Even the drummer has to take a turn on the microphone.
There’s a certain grace in accepting what your life is and embracing all the good things that have been – but there’s still an expectation of good things to come. Not necessarily what you expected.
Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.
I’m blessed to be able to work at something that I’m good at, and that I love. It’s not something I take for granted.
You know, I’m a fan of Laurie Anderson. One of my favorite records is ‘The Ugly One With the Jewels,’ a spoken-word record. It’s an extraordinary album.
I’m not a trained musician. When folks talk about ‘Well, you go to this or that’ – the tenor, or the third part – I don’t really know what they’re talking about.
Well, I’m just very blessed that I still love my work and I can still work, I still have an audience and I love what I do.
I think musicians are always very generous in promoting anything good they hear. It’s just kind of in our nature.
To me acting and singing are worlds apart.
I have just enough people paying attention that I have the freedom to be in charge. And I have a great record company – Nonesuch understands what I’m about.
I have my own biography of Gram Parsons – I don’t want to be part of somebody else’s.
I like to think about stringing songs together like a string of pearls, or a string of beads, but ultimately it has to be stuff that really works with the band, and gives a spin to the older material.
You really do learn every day with every dog; they are all so unique and different. But if you’re patient and you understand where they’re coming from, and if you are consistent, they will be fine. They teach you to give your full attention.
When there are dogs and music, people have a good time.
I think I can be pretty focused, but as I say, it was more wanting to be the good student, seeing myself as a good student, and also, my parents had expectations. They wouldn’t have cared if I got a B or a C or even a D.
In 1974 I was trying to get my first little band together. That year marked kind of a traumatic point in my life, but I had a lot of support from friends and family and a lot of good things ended up coming out of it.
I didn’t have any money. I had a sense of terrible loss. But what I also had was a fire in my belly. I wasn’t going to go back to waiting tables. I felt I had to be better at fronting a band.
The only time I ever appeared in the ‘Enquirer’ was for a piece about people who let their hair grow gray. I guess I’m not much of a wild child.
I look at my voice and my abilities as a gift. I don’t feel that I can even take any credit for it, but it’s such a huge presence in my life. It is my life. It’s my identity, it’s everything. And it’s given me a great deal of joy and a sense of purpose – I can’t imagine my life without it.