The artist releases her song, American Life, from her album with the same title.
Different things inspire me to write. I could be having a guitar lesson and something will just come to me. Or Mirwais will send me over music – rough stuff that doesn’t have an arrangement basic chord progressions. American Life came about itself like that. The music has to jar my brain in terms of lyrics. Sometimes I write free verse. I have a journal and I note down ideas I get from newspapers and books.