Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech always sends me down some path, some trajectory of some creative idea.
I played piano and was always in the choir. I tried to play flute because all the pretty girls played flute.
One thing I carried my whole life, especially from my grandparents in Chicago, was a huge idealism for the world.
In some ways, in the U.S. we don't know how to be. I think in a lot of ways America is about liberation and about change and progressive human relations. And because of that, I feel like that we're confused about who we're supposed to be and what it is that's supposed to satisfy us and make us feel fulfilled.
I've moved around so much my whole life, and I've gotten so used to being the Other in situations - the foreigner, the outsider. The first time I've ever felt like there was no separation between me and the other elements was in music.