I wanted to end my life so bad and was in my car ready to go down that ramp into the water and I did go part way but I stopped. I went again and stopped. I then got out of the car and stood by the car a nervous wreck.
I think we’ve been dulled by capitalism. We’re just blobs now – we’re so worried about how we can keep paying the lease on the car the mortgage the lease on the toaster and all that. You can’t really think about much else. If you lose that you lose the whole lot.
I think the true test of a pop song for me and I’ve talked to a lot of other writers about this is you take your demo you pop it in your car and you drive down Sunset Blvd. to Santa Monica and that’s the Hollywood car test.
I think it’s particularly a distinctively American concept that resonates with American culture through biker culture. A motorcycle is an independent thing. You’re like ‘I don’t want to ride in a car with this person. I want to be independent and ride by myself. But let’s ride in a group. Let’s be independent together.’
I think I’m actually quite a materialistic person I value what it takes to make a car or build a nice house. Money does change things but how it changes people depends on how they react to it.
I remember when metal was something you really had to search out and now I hear it on car commercials.
I remember driving to North Carolina when I was a little girl in a snowstorm to get down to my mom’s family in the Carolinas. There were chains on the car – it was the late sixties – and we were just singing in the car. Christmas carols.
I love singin’ in the car it just makes me feel good.
I listen to KCRW in the car and Pandora radio which I stream through the stereo from my iPhone. I’ve been listening to everything from Caribou to Conway Twitty. If I’m going on a longer car ride I’ll download some podcasts.
I listened to it last night for the first time since we started this project. I went out to my car and put it in and went to an empty parking lot and just listened and read the little pamphlet that came with it. After two or three songs I burst into tears.