Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
Blind don't mean you can't, you know, listen.
I can't say that I'm always writing in my head but I do spend a lot of time in my head writing or coming up with ideas. And what I do usually is write the music and melody and then, you know, maybe the basic idea. But when I feel that I don't have a song or just say, God, please give me another song. And I just am quiet and it happens.
When I was a child, kids used to make fun of me because I was blind. But I just became more curious, 'How can I climb this tree and get an apple for this girl?' That's what mattered to me.
James Van Allen
Janine di Giovanni