Sheryl Crow on motherhood and changes in life
Singer Sheryl Crow holds her baby boy in her arms as she talks to Parade about the changes in her life; those which you have control over, and those which you do not. The most significant change to Sheryl’s life in the last year has been the birth of her son, Wyatt Steven, 10 months.
Sheryl, 46, and the interviewer sit in a studio in Manhattan, Wyatt in Sheryl’s arms. They watch a young boy running around near them.
I think he has the feeling that he’s going to be that big pretty soon. I have a feeling he’s going to be that big pretty soon.
Sheryl’s new album is a reflection of her new life and also of Wyatt’s influence on her. Particularly, the song Lullaby for Wyatt, which is obviously for her son. The powerful and double-edged line “Love is letting go,” is symbolistic of Sheryl’s realization that control, over oneself and others, is an elusive ideal.
The ideals that one has about family and life often includes marriage and children. For Sheryl however, the baby came first.
For my whole life, I had a pretty clear picture of what my life was supposed to be. I was supposed to have a big career but at the same time a husband, the house and the kids. That’s what I knew. That’s what a successful life consisted of.
A family doesn’t always look like girl meets boy, they fall in love, they get married, they have a kid. I said, ‘OK, I’m going to let go of what I think things are supposed to look like, because I can’t control anything. When I try to control things, that’s when I keep things from happening.’
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Sheryl goes on to say that the introduction of Wyatt into her lifehas created a new atmosphere and a type of fulfillment she had neverbefore experience.
Two days beforeWyatt came, I finished a Stop Global Warming college tour. When a babycomes into your life, the environment becomes so personal. Having himaround, this little innocent spirit, really made me fearless aboutwriting what I wanted to write and about not being afraid of who I wasgoing to piss off. It created a lot of urgency about that.
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Thanks to CBB reader Mary Beth.