[INTERVIEW] Metro (UK) - 18 July


Sheryl Crow on politics and getting back in the ring

by Rachel Corcoran
METRO NEWS

How does it feel to be back with your new album, Be Myself?

Really good. I’ve never felt like a record wasn’t important but this one feels more so just because of all that’s going on in America and in life in general. Being my age has been liberating too — there’s less risk. It’s kind of given me carte blanche to write about what everyone around me is talking about, from our addiction to social media and what it’s doing to our kids, to the political climate in America.

Which song resonates with you most?

Definitely Halfway There because, even though we hadn’t voted in the US yet, I wrote it as a result of what was going on in the political campaign, the vitriol and dialogue among people in America. It’s a really scary time — I don’t even know who we are any more. We have to get back to having a sense of reason in our ability to discuss the future. Roller Skate resonates with me too, so heavily that I’m off email, I text twice a day, my phone is always on silent. I’m present and not addicted to a screen. It’s improved my quality of living a lot.

Do you struggle with Twitter and other social media?

No, but I’m too old for the whole branding thing. I fight the feeling of resentment that I’m supposed to be feeding people with facts, thoughts and pictures so they’ll want to buy my music. It’s backwards now and I don’t like the idea that I’m supposed to be the commodity. I wasn’t raised with a phone and it doesn’t come naturally. I’m a dinosaur but a very happy, content one!

Are you careful to retain a good work-life balance?

I am. I took the last two years off from touring so my kids [she has two adopted sons, Levi, ten, and Wyatt, seven] could have a sense of roots but also of commitment to sports and clubs. It’s one thing to sign up for swim team and only be at two meets… This year has been about being home. I’d pick them up from school and they’d hang out in the studio until dinner. They now have a broader idea of how I make my living. And they sang with three of their buddies on Roller Skate. They thought they were pretty hot stuff!

Do you have lots of health checks now after your breast cancer scare?

Just once a year. I honestly rarely think about it. My kids are more fascinated by cancer. There’s a little girl in my son’s class whose mum is battling cancer, and they had a moment when they found out that I had breast cancer and thought I was going to die. First of all they said, ‘You had cancer in your boob?’ They’re boys so the boob is a fascinating entity on its own. But I told them they don’t need to worry about it. I’m healthy.

A lot of famous people live in Nashville. Does it help leading a more normal life?

Yeah, my kids are having a very normal upbringing. They know some of their buddies have parents who do what I do. They’ll see Brad Paisley on TV and go, ‘Oh, there’s Huck’s dad!’ so they get it. Nashville is amazing in that there’s no intrusion of paparazzi or anything like that. Nashville people are very protective of their country stars being able to come home, have family time, go to church and just be normal.

Are you careful to retain a good work-life balance?

I am. I took the last two years off from touring so my kids [she has two adopted sons, Levi, ten, and Wyatt, seven] could have a sense of roots but also of commitment to sports and clubs. It’s one thing to sign up for swim team and only be at two meets… This year has been about being home. I’d pick them up from school and they’d hang out in the studio until dinner. They now have a broader idea of how I make my living. And they sang with three of their buddies on Roller Skate. They thought they were pretty hot stuff!

Do you have lots of health checks now after your breast cancer scare?

Just once a year. I honestly rarely think about it. My kids are more fascinated by cancer. There’s a little girl in my son’s class whose mum is battling cancer, and they had a moment when they found out that I had breast cancer and thought I was going to die. First of all they said, ‘You had cancer in your boob?’ They’re boys so the boob is a fascinating entity on its own. But I told them they don’t need to worry about it. I’m healthy.

A lot of famous people live in Nashville. Does it help leading a more normal life?

Yeah, my kids are having a very normal upbringing. They know some of their buddies have parents who do what I do. They’ll see Brad Paisley on TV and go, ‘Oh, there’s Huck’s dad!’ so they get it. Nashville is amazing in that there’s no intrusion of paparazzi or anything like that. Nashville people are very protective of their country stars being able to come home, have family time, go to church and just be normal.

SOURCE: METRO



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