That's what she said- Grace Jones

Grace Jones on Gender and Sexuality, from a 1985 interview on an Australian current affairs program called "Day by Day".

It’s not being masculine, it’s an attitude.
Being masculine, what is that?
Can you tell me what is being masculine?
I just act the way I feel.”

Photography Thumbnail: Kate Simon, 1979

Masculinity /ˌmaskjʊˈlɪnɪti/
1. Qualities or attributes regarded as characteristic of men.

That's what she said- Nina Simone

Nina Simone on Freedom, from the 1992 documentary “Nina Simone - A Historical Perspective” by Peter Rodis.

“It's just a feeling. It's just a feeling.
It's like, how do you tell somebody how it feels to be in love?
How are you going to tell anybody who has not been in love, how it feels to be in love?
You cannot do it to save your life. You can describe things, but you can't tell them.
But you know it when it happens. That's what I mean by free.
I've had a couple times on stage when I really felt free and that's something else. That's really something else!
I'll tell you what freedom is to me: NO FEAR!
I mean really, no fear.
If I could have that half of my life. No fear.
Lots of children have no fear.
That's the only way I can describe it.
That's not all of it, but it something to really, really feel.
Like a new way of seeing.
Like a new way of seeing something."

Freedom / ˈfriːdəm /
1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
2. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

That's what he said- Adam "MCA" Yauch

When the Beastie Boys released the third single from their 1994 album Ill Communication “Sure Shot”, Adam “MCA” Yauch rapped his way out of some fairly sexist behaviour from their past and straight into our feminist hearts:

“I’m gonna say a little something that’s long overdue
The disrespect of women has got to be through
To all our mothers and our sisters and our wives and friends
I want to offer my love and respect to the end”

In a Tricycle interview from the same year, Yauch further explained:
It’s just seeing things from a different perspective.
There was a time when we would joke around and say things that were disrespectful of women and think that it was funny, or that it wouldn’t hurt anybody, or that it would be taken with a grain of salt.
Then it became clear that that wasn’t the case, and we had to go through the process of taking a step back and realizing how those things affect other people.”

It wasn’t just words that the Beastie Boys shared, they went on continually to fight for rights..women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, human rights, both in their songs and in their public appearances.


Thumbnail photograph: Beastie Boys in Los Angeles, 1998 by Danny Clinch

Overdue /əʊvəˈdjuː/
1. Not having arrived, happened, or been done by the expected time.
2. Having been needed for some time.

That's what she said- Cher

Cher on Necessities, from a 1996 interview with Jane Pauley.

Pauley: “You said a man is not a necessity, a man is luxury,” 
Cher: “Like dessert, yeah.  A man is absolutely not a necessity.
Pauley: “Did you mean that to sound…mean and bitter?” 
Cher: “Not at all. I adore desert. I love men! I think men are the coolest, but you don't really need them to live.
My mom said to me 'You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man'
I said, 'Mom, I AM a rich man.'"

Necessity /nɪˈsɛsɪti/
1. The state or fact of being required.
2. An indispensable thing.

That's what he said- Paul McCartney

Throughout their twenty-nine year relationship, Linda and Paul McCartney were famously inseparable.
They never spent a night apart, except for the 10 days Paul spent in a Tokyo jail after being arrested for marijuana possession.
Paul once said "Every love song I write is for Linda."
Linda McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and passed away at the age of 56 on 17 April 1998 in Tucson, Arizona, where the McCartneys had a family ranch.
The last words Paul spoke to her were as following:

You're up on your beautiful Appaloosa stallion.
It's a fine spring day.
We're riding through the woods.
The bluebells are all out, and the sky is clear-blue.

Photography: Stallion, Scotland - Linda McCartney, 1996.

Fine / fahyn/
1. Of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade.
2. Choice, excellent, or admirable.

That's what she said- Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt on Love and Compromise, from the 1982 documentary "All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story".

It’s not for me to decide [if someone can live with Eartha Kitt]. That’s for someone who decides to live with me to decide. Not for me. Compromise? What is compromising? Compromise for what? Compromising for what? Compromising for what reason? To compromise for what? To compromise? What is compromise?
[laughs] Stupid.
A man comes into my life and I have to compromise?
You must think about that one again. [laughs. throws her head back in amusement]
A man comes into my life and you have to compromise?
For what? For what? For what?!
A relationship is a relationship that has to be earned!
Not to compromise for…and I love relationships, I think they’re fantastically wonderful, I think they’re great, I think there’s nothing in the world more beautiful than falling in love.
But falling in love for the right reason, falling in love for the right purpose.
Falling in love. Falling in love.
When you fall in love, what is there to compromise about?
I think if you want to think about it in terms of ‘analysing’- yes, I fall in love with myself and I want someone to share it with me.
I want someone to share me with me.
Many times [that has happened] in many ways.”

Com·pro·mise / ˈkämprəˌmīz/
1. To settle a dispute by mutual concession:
2. To weaken (a reputation or principle) by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable

That's what he said- Tom Waits / Charles Bukowski

In 2008 Tom Waits read the poem “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 - March 9, 1994) and ended with his own words “Yes, that’s a beauty”.

THE LAUGHING HEART
by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Marvelous /mɑːv(ə)ləs/
1. Causing great wonder; extraordinary.
2. Extremely good or pleasing; splendid.

That's what she said- Patti Smith

Patti Smith shared some of her advice for the young during a 2012 interview by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival (at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art).

“When I was really young, William Burroughs told me, and I was really struggling, we never had any money, and the advice that William gave me was:
Build a good name.
Keep your name clean.
Don't make compromises.
Don't worry about making a bunch of money or being successful.
Be concerned about doing good work and protect your work.
- and if you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.”

Photography Thumbnail: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Currency /ˈkʌr(ə)nsi/
1. A system of money in general use in a particular country.
2. The fact or quality of being generally accepted or in use.

That's what she sung- Stevie Nicks

In 1981, Stevie Nicks was preparing for a Rolling Stone photo session with Annie Leibovitz.
While the make up artist is doing Stevie’s hair, an early demo backing track of “Wild Heart” (the title song of her second album) starts playing and this is when the magic happens.
Have a listen to Stevie and an off screen background singer in harmony… and get enchanted by witnessing such pure joy and surrender.

Photography Thumbnail: Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone Magazine 1981

Wild //wʌɪld/
1. (Of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated.
2. (Of a place or region) uninhabited, uncultivated, or inhospitable.


That's what he wrote- Johnny Cash

When asked for his definition of paradise, Johnny Cash replied:
“This morning, with her, having coffee.”

The following to-do list by Johnny, sold at an auction in 20110 for $6,250.
Remarkable, as to me it seems invaluable.

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