2. Amy Lee

“I try to be feminist in, like, I love myself and I don’t need someone else’s approval.”

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Quotes by Amy Lee

Quotes by Amy Lee

  1. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is my number one biggest influence artistically in every way.
  2. A fan once asked if he could have a piece of my hair for voodoo. I said no, so he hugged me and plucked out a couple of hairs and ran off.
  3. At the end of any really long tour you need to get your head in order.
  4. Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped’ had a lot of good songs. It’s my range, so I use it to warm up a lot.
  5. Evanescence fans aren’t the popular kids in school. They aren’t the cheerleaders. It’s the art kids and the nerds and the kids who grow up to be the most interesting creative people.
  6. Everyone knows a lot about me without actually knowing me at all.
  7. Honestly I just wear what I like. You know why? ‘Cause I can, I’m a rock star.
  8. I am Evanescence. I am the only original member. I have basically hired the band. Evanescence has become me. It is mine and it’s exactly how I want it to be.
  9. I design a lot of things that I wear onstage, but I’m always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things, so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn’t matter – just unique stuff.
  10. I dream crazy vivid dreams. Like, entire movies. And sometimes I write songs about them.
  11. I feel like for me the lyric writing really comes from just what’s going on in my heart and that’s what consumes me; think a lot of our heart is relationships. Not just with boyfriend or girlfriend but all your relationships in your life with other people and our interactions with other humans.
  12. I love contrast in music. Being inspired by classical, actually – in high school especially – classical and metal both, I remember having this cool realization that they are really similar. It’s just different instrumentation.
  13. I love folk; that’s a big part of my background.
  14. I love my cats more than I love most people. Probably more than is healthy.
  15. I love sushi. But after too much of it, it just starts to taste like a dead animal that hasn’t been cooked.
  16. I love the creative process. That’s always been the closest thing to my heart, creating something.
  17. I love tiny, plastic realistic food magnets. I don’t know why. They’re hilarious.
  18. I never really did abandon my true self. It’s not like I invented this imaginary person and started to be her.
  19. I really do listen to all types of music, not only rock, but everything from good pop music – which is usually older pop music – to R&B and indie rock. I love indie rock more than a lot of the commercial stuff that you’d expect.
  20. I refuse to accept Pluto’s resignation as a planet.
  21. I think it’s important to realize that we’re all just human. I mean, nobody is supernatural.
  22. I try to be feminist in, like, I love myself and I don’t need someone else’s approval.
  23. I want to work with kids. I would love to be a teacher.
  24. I wanted to be a veterinarian until I saw a video of a vet performing surgery on a dog. Then I decided I wanted to be a pianist.
  25. I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn’t, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don’t think any of my relatives are surprised.
  26. I write by myself initially. That’s the way I’ve always written, just working on pure thought by myself. Then I bring it to the table with whoever I’m collaborating with.
  27. I’m not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band.
  28. I’m not the fastest writer. I can’t just crank out ideas that are good enough.
  29. I’m the goofball. I’m the person cracking people up.
  30. I’ve always been a very passionate, sometimes overly emotional person. Sometimes things affect me more than they should.
  31. I’ve gotten to where my hair is like my onstage prop; I need to hide behind it and throw it around – it’s my slo-mo effect.
  32. I’ve realized that Evanescence is who I am.
  33. If people are making fun of you then you’re probably doing something right.
  34. L.A. doesn’t have any big personality to me; it’s not inspiring.
  35. Life can be tough sometimes. But I think it just starts with admitting, ‘Okay, the world’s not perfect, how do we live our lives within that and not be miserable?’
  36. Like now what Urban Outfitters has become is very much how I always dressed in high school by going to garage sales and getting stuff for 50 cents. Cost a little more now, to look like crap.
  37. Music is therapy for me. It’s my outlet for every negative thing I’ve ever been through. It lets me turn something bad into something beautiful.
  38. My biggest dream from the beginning – besides Evanescence – is scoring film and writing music for film.
  39. My darlings, if I can’t write dark, epic music, I can’t live!
  40. Something that’s fun for me is a challenge. When you have a challenge and you take on that challenge and succeed, that’s the best feeling.
  41. Success gave me confidence as an artist. And now I’m able to do what I want without anybody thinking it’s dumb.
  42. The first real concert, other than going with my dad to see Three Dog Night, was Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage. I was fourteen or fifteen. I liked Shirley Manson because she reminded me of Annie Lennox. They both have these deep, sexy, powerful alto voices.
  43. The only place I’m recognized is at the mall, because that’s where the teens are.
  44. The way that I’ve always gone about making music, the rule of thumb, has just been to make what I love.
  45. There are people hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.
  46. There’s nothing sexy about skin and bone. You gotta have some junk in the trunk.
  47. We’ve all fallen, but at the same time we’re not broken. There is the hint that we are going to get up again.
  48. We’ve never been a religious band, but the media wants us to be.
  49. When Evanescence took time off, I bought a big concert harp and started taking lessons like I was in high school again, which was really, really fun. I felt like I was learning again.
  50. When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of death metal bands.
  51. When you’re miserable, you don’t want anyone around you to be happy.
  52. Whether it’s a relationship or what you’re wearing, or how much you weigh and what you said when you didn’t mean it, like – it’s hard to be totally under the microscope.
  53. You can’t control all the crazy stuff that happens to you. All you can control is the way you handle it.