Meredith Brooks: Hi, this is Meredith! I welcome all questions, let's
DreamCatcher_123 : How long have you been a singer?
Meredith Brooks:My whole life, since I was two.
Mix_n_Match_n_Erica : Hey I'm a bitch just like you, and i would like
to know what inspired you to write that song?
Thanx, luv ya
Meredith Brooks:The point is . . . I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a
What inspired me to write the song was knowing that we
all have different sides to us...in order to be a whole person, we have to
all sides and functions with all sides.
sungodess90 : who is the most important person in your life?
Meredith Brooks:Well, there is definitely more than one.
I would have to say my mom, my family, my boyfriend and my immediate, close
don5_1999: Meredith - Did you enjoy doing Lilith Fair?
Meredith Brooks:Yeah, it was a great experience, I loved meeting all
the girls who I worked with. Especially Queen Latifah, whose rapping and
on my upcoming new album.
sungodess90: fill in the blank: if not for ______ you wouldn't be here
Meredith Brooks:My survival technique.
kendalilama : Do you feel you have changed at all since you have become
famous or do your family or friends treat you
No, my friends and family don't treat me differently,
they know better than that.
In some ways, yes, I've changed.
Hopefully, for the better. And, in some ways, I've changed, because it can
become an isolating experience.
manolis_varnassinger : what are the artists you'd love to work with?
Meredith Brooks:I'd like to work with Jacob Dylan.
The top of my wish list is Queen Latifah.
I'd like to work with Sheryl Crow.
We've tried, but we've been too busy.
And a list too long to continue!
deconstructing_the_edges : Hey Meredith, can't wait til the new album,
I love the song clip of cosmic woo-woo... what is
your fav. song on the new album and what was your inspiration to write
Meredith Brooks:that's really hard to answer because, like a mother
with her children, I love them
all the same, and yet, all differently.
One of my top favorites is "I Have Everything." What inspired me to write
it, was getting such huge
success, and not having my soul mate to share it with.
manolis_varnassinger : is it true your father is a sheriff?
Meredith Brooks:Yeah. (laughs)
Yes, that is true!
He's a retired sheriff now.
korul88 : Meredith, what makes you laugh and are your feet ticklish?
Meredith Brooks:(laughs) cute question, I've never been asked that
One of my favorite things in life, absolutely, is getting
my feet tickled.
It makes me fall asleep.
But you have to tickle me just right.
What makes me laugh is when someone cracks a joke when
I'm being too serious.
Limp_Fred_Lady_6969: Got any pets?
Meredith Brooks:I just got a new kitty.
His name is Mr. Tobias, I call him "Toby."
I'm gonna put a picture of him on my website.
deconstructing_the_edges: Do you have any idea what your first single
will be titled?
Meredith Brooks:Sure do. "Lay Down."
It's the one Queen Latifah sings on.
One of the schools that I mentored, Crenshaw High, they
sing on it, too.
manolis_varnassinger : what happened to the members of your old band do
you keep in touch with them?
Meredith Brooks:Yes, they played on my album.
Mark, the bass player, is coming over in about an hour.
The drummer will be touring with me part-time.
He has a baby, and he doesn't want to be full-time on the
road, and I agree. Yogi joined a band called Buck Cherry.
Paul, my keyboard player, is in big trouble becuase he joined a band, and I
wanted him to tour with me.
But I wish him the best anyway.
NorthernLights91 : If you could do a duet with anyone, who would it be?
Meredith Brooks:My first choice was Queen Latifah.
Jakob Dylan, George Michael and Sheryl Crowe would be my
other top choices.
kool_kat_1 : Would you encourage teens to follow your footsteps and
take up music, or would you tell them to do
something more academic?
Meredith Brooks:I have a mentoring program called AMP . . . Anybody's
I go into high schools and I encourage kids to respond to
their creativity by reaching out and networking, right in their own
back yard, to start with.
happydaisy54 : Meredith, in your song bitch, did you feel that you were
in a sense "taking back the word," kind of like
how some gay people refer to themselves as fags?
NorthernLights91: You seem like the kind of person a lot of girls
could relate to and look up to. Do you ever think about
what it means to be a role model? Has it/Does it affect you in any way?
Meredith Brooks:I think about it all the time.
That's what drives me to do AMP. It keeps me clean.
In other words, I have to really do what I tell others to
do. I have to walk that same walk.
I can't get away with being bullsh*t, not living up to my
own potential, if I'm encouraging others to live up to
And that can be hard some days.
Limp_Fred_Lady_6969 : Who is your favorite woman rocker?
Meredith Brooks:Chrissie Hyndes, hands down.
manolis_varnassinger: is there any song you d love to sing but you
Meredith Brooks:Probably "I can't make you love me."
I probably won't ever sing that becasue Bonnie Raitt did
the most incredible job that anyone could do on it.
NorthernLights91 : Do you diet and worry about how you look?
Meredith Brooks:I really try not to obsess on how I look, but
obviously the disease of our country does not
support people being at their natural weight.
It supports women to be impossibly thin.
And very self-obsessed so, I excercise moderately, probably every other day.
I just try to watch my sugar intake.
Limp_Fred_Lady_6969 : Have you ever wanted to act?
Meredith Brooks:Not really.
chick_021 : What do you like most about your clothing style?
Meredith Brooks:Probably that in ten years that I can look back in
years and not be too embarassed, because my clothes are pretty simple and
sungodess90: what's your favorite body part?
Meredith Brooks:On others the eyes, on me, my breasts.
happydaisy54 : Do you ever get tired of playing your hit singles in
concert? It seems that the crowds always demand the
songs they know from the radio.
Meredith Brooks:No, not with a song like "bitch," it rocks.
The message is good.
It's fun to sing.
I'm very proud of that song.
happydaisy54 : A lot of people feel that your work is very
female-centered. How do you identify with your male fans?
Meredith Brooks:I try to be human-centered.
And, obviously being a female, I'm going to see it and
express it from my point of view.
But I have tons of male fans, not just because the way I
One guys said, he thought I lived in his apartment for
two years while I was making "Blurring The Edges."
Chonas14 : Wut do you do in your spare time??
Meredith Brooks:What spare time?
Because of AMP, I don't have spare time anymore.
But once in a while I just hang out in my house.
I just moved to a new house.
I hang out with my kitty, and my girlfriends a lot.
SELZTER : Do you find yourself to be a helpful person to society?
Meredith Brooks:I would like to think I am.
The first reason I might be helpful is that I took time
out of what people in society think you normally should
I work really hard on dealing with my problems.
And secondly, I've taken my problems and put them to music.
I've taken it to kids and other people to help them.
littleangel745 : Do you plan on visiting any canadian schools to speak
about the benefits on mentoring?
Meredith Brooks:I go to schools wherever I tour.
umbx : Do you have any plans to tour the UK?
Meredith Brooks:I have before, and I will again.
I don't know . . . as soon as "Lay Down" becomes a hit. (laughs)
Black_Roze_Blue_Heart: do you have any tips on a begining song writer?
Meredith Brooks:Don't let anybody around your music that's negative.
Keep pressures away. Try to write every day.
sungodess90: if you could spend the day with some1 who you haven't
seen in a while or is dead who would it be why and
what would you do?
Meredith Brooks:My grandmother Brooks was a writer, she passed away.
I just had all of her belongs passed down to me.
I would really love to just have one more day with her to
talk, but I get my strength from her anyway.
sungodess90: if you could come back after you died what would you come
Meredith Brooks:I hope I don't come back this time.
If I did, I would want to come back as a much more
Ratz005: If you ever need back up singers would you consider using
middle school students??
Meredith Brooks:I'll be using School choirs in every town I come into
tours. And local rap artists. If the kids are in middle school, that's fine.
So practice up!
shanecf: Do you play any other musical instruments, or do you want to?
Meredith Brooks:I play many different effects on my guitar.
I play with the ebow live, pedals with different effects so, in a way, I
play different insturments.
So, officially, no, but I can make noise on just about
NorthernLights91: What makes you cry?
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Meredith Brooks:If somebody's mean to me or if I am mean.
DreamCatcher_123: do you have any dreams you hope will come true in
Meredith Brooks:That I can have a child of my own.
And that I can use my skills to juggle the balancing act
of being a hands-on parent and a hands-on my own career artist.
JNCO_KoRn_sk8er_girl: What are your hobbies?
Meredith Brooks:Hiking, yoga...psychology is my absolute favorite
hobby, the thing I
work on the most outside of music.
c_abercrombie_00: have you ever had a stalker?
Meredith Brooks:Yes, but I don't feel safe to talk about that now.
nite15 : who's your favorite teletubbie?
Meredith Brooks:I don't know. I haven't really sat down and talked to
them, because I
don't just go on looks.
I have to have a phone conversation before I know I like
TRIXY446: what famous person would u want to meet?
I met her once during a marathon.
But never on a level where we really got to sit and talk.
NorthernLights91: Do you have any advice for teenage girls?
Meredith Brooks:If you can't talk to your parents find the counselor,
the teacher or a friend's parents who you can confide in, and do it
amaven: What is your favorite movie?
Meredith Brooks:My new favorite movie is "Life is Beautiful." My old
favorite movie is actually "The Wizard of Oz."
vinny_br: What is, to you, the biggest mistake of the world?
That we would even, as human beings, would think that
we're separate. That we all don't have a responsibility to each other.
Lithia_forever : What are your views on the feminist action taking part
in the world now? Do you support it?
Meredith Brooks:Well, as I've always said, I'm not a feminist, I'm a
When we quit separating ourselves from each other, we
will have more empathy for each other.
And that's where the healing begins.
cyanidegrrl: What was the best advice you ever got?
Meredith Brooks:When I was doubting myself, somebody said to me,
Whether I made it or not, it's my joy, whether I ever
succeeded or not.
camillesg: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Meredith Brooks:I believe in Karma.
And I believe there is a possibility of reincarnation.
Who's to say?
We won't know until we're dead.
AngelChick31: if you could do anything besides sing what would it be?
Meredith Brooks:Continue my work in psychology.
Have a child, save the world, little things like that.
All in a day's work!
snowjumper_1080 : Are you close to your family even though you travel
everywhere all the time?
Meredith Brooks:Yes, very.
I talk to my family all the time.
I talk to my mom, at least once a week, if not more.
Female_Rock : Will You ever play unplugged?
Meredith Brooks:I will, for certain situations.
I'm not as opposed to it as I used to be because I have
mad e a mark for myself as a guitar player now.
The reason I didn't do it before was becuase I didn't
want to be stereotyped as just an acoustic guitar player.
Because I worked so hard all my life to be a good one
heels5_99: Do you decide your fashion or do you have a public affairs
person who does it?
Meredith Brooks:I decide everything.
kool_kat_1: Where you always around music, or what prompted you to
pick up your first instrument?
Meredith Brooks:I think loneliness is what prompted me to pick up my
first insturment because music usually leads to hanging out with a lot of
And so it became a way to socialize.
NorthernLights91: have there ever been any tabloid articles or unfair
rumors about you that were totally ridiculous?
The press has been pretty fair.
There was one accidental one about me and hard drugs, but
I cleared that up.
It was untrue of course.
There was one that printed that I didn't finish high
school, which I corrected.
The only unfair thing I've seen the press do is try to
review my album without listening past the first two songs.
And you can always tell.
Jupiterian007: What do you think of the current "Diva" trend?
Meredith Brooks:I don't think much about it at all, to be honest.
I don't really relate to that whole scene and I would be pretty freaked out
if I got the title
"Diva" tacked onto my name.
Jupiterian007: do you consider yourself a diva?
Meredith Brooks:Obviously not.
Again, it's one of those words, what does it really mean?
But, a diva in the sense of Bette Midler, that's an
awesome sense of the word.
She's very campy and doesn't take herself seriously.
But, diva, used in the sense of someone who thinks
they're all that and more is not something I would wanna be.
PURPLE_DYNASTY_16: sorry if this is silly but i've just got a small
kitten yesterday.....my friend and i couldn't decide
what to name it woud you please give me a name for a small female
Meredith Brooks:hmmmmmm. I would say, I think if you're patient
enough, and hang out enough with her, she'll reveal her name to you.
NorthernLights91: If you had one free day where you could do anything
you wanted, what would it be?
Meredith Brooks:I would want it to be spent with my best girlfriends
all of our mates. Hanging out, talking, listening to music, eating,
laughing, comparing notes and then have a romantic, sensual evening with my
And get to sleep before 2 a.m. for a change! (laughs)
I want to thank everybody who came and hung out with me.
I'm sitting in my house.
The questions were great.
You can write me at: www.meredithbrooks.com
You can hear snippets of my album.
Let me know what you think about it!