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Holly Near

  • It doesn't take long to sum up the major theses of most popular music: he loves me; he left me; I need him; I needed him, but now I need his best friend. Rather limited scope.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Elaine Hedges and Ingrid Wendt, In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts ()
  • All my life I have gone out on a limb, but I have turned the limb into a bridge, and there is cool, clear water flowing under. The world is a challenging lover, and I, helplessly in love.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • Time has passed through me and become a song.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • I do not live alone. / I live in a house of many doors ...

    • Holly Near,
    • "Doors" (1984), in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • Often thoughts are given to me with the sole purpose of giving them away.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • Like any art, the creation of self is both natural and seemingly impossible. It requires training as well as magic.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • My voice is my instrument. ... It is not in the throat, from where it appears to come. It is in my feet and how they touch the floor, in my legs and how they lift and sink with the rhythm of the song. It is in my hips and belly and lower back ...

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • ... when I am willing, all sound is available to me ...

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • Why do we kill people who are killing people / To show that killing people is wrong ...

    • Holly Near,
    • "Foolish Notion" (1980), in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • There is passion in remembering / There is fire in the heart ...

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()
  • Whenever new ideas emerge, songs soon follow, and before long the songs are leading.

    • Holly Near,
    • in Holly Near, with Derk Richardson, Fire in the Rain...Singer in the Storm ()

Holly Near, U.S. singer, songwriter

(1949)