At the end of the day I’m just writing songs for me, so whoever likes them is a luxury.” It is at this point that Crow’s phone rings.
“Just tell him I love him,” Crow is murmuring into the phone.
By the end of the call the publicist and I are almost in tears as well, even though we don’t know what she is crying about: I don’t think I have ever heard such raw grief.
“Weren’t you escorted to school by police one morning?
” asks Sheryl, helping herself to cheese and crackers.
A complete professional, she is soon chatting away again as though nothing has happened.
An ability to access and convey emotion lies at the heart of all great performers, and Crow – whose music incorporates folk, hip hop, pop and country – is as well known for her upbeat good-time rock songs, such as All I Wanna Do, as she is for tear-jerking ballads including her cover version of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest.
“I have a strong sense of melancholy,” she comments later, “and I think it’s one of the reasons I wound up doing what I’m doing.
I played piano at an early age out of a need to feel something. Maybe it’s something I inherited.” Crow’s mother was a piano teacher and her father a trumpet player and lawyer.
The marriage of teenager Courtney Stodden to a man 35 years older had many wondering if the marriage was a publicity stunt to help her acting career.
“Thank God they make waterproof mascara,” sings Sheryl Crow, hauntingly, on her latest album on a track about a woman trying to hide her tears. Fifteen minutes into our interview Crow takes a phone call and then collapses to the floor.
The blood drains from her face as she listens to the caller.