Amanda Palmer on the power of music and live performances

“Music does a thing that nothing else does. We see it when we’re standing on stage, and when we sign at the end of shows, and we hold people in our arms who cry and weep and say, ‘This song changed my life.’ Music never has to feel less powerful, and I think the way music has changed and the way it’s gotten more commercialized, it doesn’t change the core. If you write a good, powerful song like ‘Glacier,’ or like the songs I’ve written that get into the heart of your listener, it all falls away. Nothing else really matters.” – Amanda Palmer