Interview: Maranda Pleasant
Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?
Taylor Dayne: That’s a great question. I feel I am blessed that I have found my stride and relaxed into my life’s purpose. I’m passionate about nature and the respect, peace, and beauty I derive from it. My voice, my live performance, and when I’m in the studio.
My children and love.
MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
TD: Loving a man truly and really brings me to my knees. Being wrong and having expectations. My son always makes me feel vulnerable.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
TD: Oooh, tough question. Be kind. It’s very needed to be respectful to all. And love the woods and nature and the water and animals. Stop the BS with poaching and hunting. Preservation is critical.
MP: How do you handle emotional pain?
TD: Emotional pain makes me want to isolate. Or hit back. It’s very tough to rise above my natural inclinations. I’m always working on this.
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?
TD: Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. And some quiet time. I don’t always win at this, but I know I do better when I meditate. Forget things and have a quiet moment.
MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?
TD: Liking who I am, cutting myself some slack, and trusting more those around me.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
TD: I know peace exists. And we are always changing. It’s scary.
MP: What is love for you?
TD: Love is when I smile and breathe deeply down to my toes. I’ve given myself a gift of caring for myself and learned a new way to look at my issues. And I’m lying in some fresh sheets looking out the window at some visual beauty… a mountain, an ocean, a stream, a forest. A lovely man lying next to me or my babies sleeping.
“Love is when I smile and breathe deeply down to my toes. I’ve given myself a gift of caring for myself and learned a new way to look at my issues.”
MP: Tell me if you have a yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?
TD: My mom lived on an ashram on the early eighties. She turned me on to kundalini yoga and chanting and Transcendental Meditation. That was the first time I ever knew real peace.
MP: Tell me about your latest projects.
TD: I am currently on the road touring behind my Greatest Hits Live release. Check out all my tour dates on taylordayne.com. My new song “Dreaming” is on iTunes now. I am also recording standards and some AC jazz.