Her work of late—including a just-released holiday album, a Christmas special that airs Dec.
Despite feeling weak, she said she had to write the essay while she still could, because she wanted him to fall in love again after she is gone. "Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes.
Those bombs in cafés we heard about, we thought it had very little to do with us. In my novel, I’m writing about a very disturbing love between two mean people, these grandparents who have been married for 35 years who are horrific people, and I write about their strange, complicated grotesque love.
It’s moved so much closer to us, it’s become part of our world. Once in a while I’ll have lines in my songs that refer to something overtly political. He was beaten so badly and thankfully someone had videotaped it. They are very devoted to each other but also so horrible. The story simply asks the question, “What if the devil is the good guy?
Her wit and homespun wisdom remain as heartfelt as her hit choruses. That verse in particular is about the randomness of violence.
A song of yours called are much more applicable to these times than when you wrote the song? You don’t have to be doing anything wrong to get yourself killed these days.