"I don't remember my reaction [when she found out
that the Puerto Rican writer she thought was her father wasn't her
father at all: she had been brought up thinking herself to be half
Puerto Rican and suddenly she wasn't - ed.] because I wasn't very
demonstrative as a kid, but it was probably some sort of embarrassment,
and wondering what the hell this was about. Like, Oh, that's interesting.
Let me go away and think about it for ten years. Suddenly I felt that
everthing I had known was kind of stripped away, which is a feeling I've
had often and I think that's probably had a lot of effect on my songwriting.
Because every time I look at someone I think, you could strip everything
away. You could strip away their name, you could strip away their
beliefs, strip away who they think they are and you'd still have
a person there you have to address. So when I write, that's the
part of the person I'm aiming for - the part that's been stripped
I did [write a song about the particular situation of finding out your
father isn't your real father - ed.], but not in the way you might think.
There's a song I wrote on the Philip Glass album, 'Songs From Liquid
Days' [Freezing - ed.] I don't think even Philip Glass knows what the
song was referring to. Because I remember my father once asking me those
questions exactly and, of course, later on I found out why.
I guess it clarified a few things. I had suspected I was different
in some way, although I didn't know what it was and maybe that put
the finger on it."
Interview: "Vega Vision"Sounds Magazine, December 6 1986 by Jane Simon