That's why I'm really proud of it. And at the end of it I got the thing that I'm after. It's never too late to do something if you want to do it.
did when I was younger. I do not feel I've got to write for the sake of it. It needs to be enjoyable.
You do become very analytical when you are reading and that can sometimes stop you from enjoying it. But sometimes it helps you understand better.
I did not want to do music. When I did my degree I had to do a foundation course and music was one of the subjects. Dissecting it in that way does not make it enjoyable.
Aware of the Joan 'Armourplating' tag given to her by the media because of her famed obsession with keeping her private life just that, I had braced myself for a bumpy ride.
had to learn the process of writing for exams. It was fascinating. I'm a disciplined kind of person anyway, but you have to apply that discipline differently, she explains.
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It was just a normal, happy childhood. It was very nice. The people are very nice, she says simply, perhaps a bit tired of answering that old chestnut.
Her first guitar was a gift from her mother a pawn shop exchange for two old prams.
But she says her proudest moment is the Open University degree in history she studied for and achieved in her spare time.
Joan has been a long time supporter and performer for the Prince's Trust and played for Nelson Mandela on his 70th birthday at Wembley Stadium in London after writing a song, The Messenger, dedicated to him.
It took her five years to get her degree certificate in her hand.
When it came to choosing a course she knew which subject she didn't want to study.
There's always fresh inspiration, she says. I think it would be harder if it was just songs about myself all the time. I enjoy writing, the whole process.
I did it when I was on tour. If you're doing a degree, don't go on tour, she chuckles.
But while some questions were met with short answers, if I picked the right one she happily waxed lyrical, the conversation punctuated with a warm throaty chuckle.
What it did help me understand was art. I love David Hockney, Renaissance paintings and Tracey Emin. In my course I did a bit of history of art and you Nike Shoes Black Colour
My writing is about people and how people behave with each other, emotions and how people treat each other. It is not political, she says.
look at paintings in a way you didn't before. It's so inventive to make something like a crumpled piece of paper into a piece of art, she says.
Something of a pioneer, she has influenced a host of fellow female artists such Nike Shoes Black And Purple as Tracy Chapman and Tasmin Archer.
She moved to Birmingham from St Kitts in the West Indies as a youngster in 1950.
Joan's list of achievements during her career makes fascinating reading.
She was nominated twice as best female vocalist at the Brit awards and also nominated twice for the American Grammy Award for best female vocalist. She received the Ivor Novello award for outstanding contemporary song collection in 1996 and has numerous silver, gold and platinum albums. She has also been nominated as one of the 100 most influential women in rock in a poll for the music channel VH1 and was made an MBE in 2001 and a string of honorary degrees.
By the early '70s she had moved to London and released her debut, Whatever's for Us, which was written with her friend Pam Nestor who she met while touring with a production of the controversial musical Hair.
The career that followed has seen the birth of a host of classic songs including Love and Affection, Down to Zero, Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I.
But when I was doing the degree I had to learn different ways of going about things and read things that I probably would not have read. I Nike Shoes 2017 Womens
Her passionate guitar driven sound can be described as eclectic, encompassing a range of influences including soul and pop, combined with a lyrical openness and her unique voice.
I used to watch the Open University programmes late at night and early in the morning and thought 'hang on, I'm halfway there'. I would definitely advise anybody if they want to take on a learning at home course to go ahead, she says.
I write and I have written lots of songs. Songwriting is something that was given to me, I was born with it, it was natural and quite organic.
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