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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 27 that concept, and that history from us. There’s a whole extraordinary activist his- tory behind that word which makes our society one of the greatest on the planet, and we don’t appreciate the power or the relevance of it. I am hopeful, in that I think young women are just beginning—and I hope young males will, too—to use that word again and understand its relevance. What is the next step for feminism? To my mind it has to do with growing beyond understanding feminism as equal pay for equal work. It’s much bigger than equality for women. As my little poem on my new album says, it’s about reprieve from this doom. We have to understand collectively, as men and women, that we need to balance the dynamic of the sexes and truly empower women. We need to work towards a consciousness shift, to in- clude the female sensibility in all of our apparatuses. That is the prerequisite to solving all of these crises we’re faced with. You’ve said that for you, “Live performance is activism, exorcism, and music school.” What are you exorcising? Plenty of my own little demons. Writing songs and then offering them up day after day, year after year, is a cleansing process for me. I expel all of my worries, my an- gers, my self-hatred. I would probably be in this world with a whole lot more de- mons if I didn’t have music. You’ve also said you “never reached for the corporate carrot because success does not come from fame and fortune.” What do you think makes one successful in life? Self-realization. The people I know who are most self-realized are the most suc- cessful people, busy becoming themselves at every moment. I have always had this instinct to avoid people whose energy is bringing me down, such as people in the music industry with a profit motive. Those kind of people never smelled right to me. My instinct has always been to stick with people who have something to teach me. I’m surrounded by really cool people doing really cool work, and I’m much happier that way. ♦