Joss Stone first became a star at the age of 16 and so today, at the age of 28, she is something of a veteran. On July 31st she released her seventh studio album, Water for Your Soul, on her own Stone’d label. The album has – in spite of its title – a strong reggae influence. One of the co-producers is Damian Marley, whom Joss Stone first met when she worked with him – as well as Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart and A.R. Rachman – on the “SuperHeavy“ project in 2011:
Joss Stone (Standard British Accent)
I definitely... I love reggae music. I mean, who doesn’t? I was travelling in Uganda and all I’m hearing is Bob Marley and 50 Cent and Shania Twain! You know, somehow these three styles of music and these three artists, they’re everywhere. You have your pop and country, your hiphop, and your reggae. You will always find reggae because it makes people so happy, you know, it makes people feel free.
I choose to live in a place where there isn’t really any music going on. I mean, there is some, but it’s pretty minimal. So, what we have where I live is we don’t have any trends or any fads. Absolutely nil . So, I mean, I live in the middle of green fields and I have two neighbours , and how can there be a trend or a fad? We listen to what we like, and I think that that opens up our minds and our hearts to all sorts of different things.
PEACE AND QUIET
And she likes life in the country:
It’s calm, in a way. In one way, it’s a calm because it’s what I know and it’s always going to be the same, the pub’s pretty much always the same, you know? And also, I mean, technically, there’s a line on the map as far as planning permission goes , so you cannot build past the line. So, I live in an area of Devon which will always remain the same. You can go there in 100 years and it will be the same. And I just take so much joy in that, you know? It’s a safe place for me, so.
MEN BEHAVING BADLY
Joss Stone may enjoy the quiet life but she admits that her romantic relationships are often stormy :
I do seem to pick very argumentative men as well, so it’s like: I’m not one to want to argue , but I definitely want to have my opinion be heard. So I come from a family of people that – all of us, we talk a lot. And to people that aren’t from the family, you know, boyfriends or girlfriends or friends or whatever, they come in to have dinner with us, you know, and it’s like… the world and his wife comes to have dinner with me – I’ve like got a table full of 20 or something – and we’re talking, you know, my brother, my sister, we’re all talking, but quite strongly, and it sounds like we’re having an argument, and, actually, that’s just how we converse. So that’s it. And, you know, obviously, relationships I’ve had, the boyfriend generally thinks I’m just trying to argue, but I’m not, I’m just speaking!.
SPEAK UP EXPLAINS
Stone’d. Aqui se verifica um trocadilho entre Stone (o sobrenome da artista) e stoned, “chapado”. Joss Stone acabou de publicar um álbum de reggae...
Fads. “Tendências passageiras”. Utiliza-se esse termo geralmente para indicar que uma coisa é “predestinada a durar pouco”. Já os trends têm mais consistência e duram mais.
Argumentative men. “Homens que discutem“. Esse adjetivo não se refere a ter bons argumentos, mas sim à atitude de “gostar de uma discussão”. To argue pode significar “argumentar”, mas também significa “brigar”, “discutir”.
The world and his wife. Literalmente “o mundo e a sua mulher”. Essa expressão espirituosa é utilizada para indicar “um monte de gente”, mas puramente em um contexto social. Por exemplo, They’ve invited the world and his wife to their wedding. Em português a expressão equivalente seria “Eles convidaram Deus e o mundo para o casamento”. The World and His Wife era o título de uma comédia que estreou na Broadway em 1908.