Q: After 50 years, how have you changed as a performer?
A: I’ve grown into my own skin in way that I certainly never thought I would be able to when I was younger. It’s a joy. When I was young and had stage fright and also had on my mind so many things I had to do — or thought I had to do — I really couldn’t enjoy it the way I do now.
Q: You dedicated this CD to your 96-year-old mother. Living with her must teach you important life lessons.
A: Well, I think you’ve got to learn them, especially about getting old in a country that’s so scared of it. I’m going to keep these wrinkles if it kills me. (Laughs) I saw myself in this documentary that was just made, and the producer said, “Now you’re probably going to wake up in the night, and your stomach’s going to be churning about something. You’re going to see your childhood and everybody you knew.” And I thought, “Oh, god.” So I was awake half the night, and I didn’t know what it was. And in the morning I thought, “Oh, geez, it’s the wrinkles!” But you know, you got to live with it.
By the way, here’s a short (shaky) video from a Joan Baez show earlier this month. Wait for the Bob Dylan impression at 2:59:
Details: Joan Baez plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Atlanta. Tickets are sold out. More Atlanta Botanical Garden events.
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