incredible imogen


“If there are any moments of great joy or great pain in your life, in which you have turned to any of my songs, I consider that to be the highest compliment, so thank you for including me. I think that life moves at a different pace for someone who is heartbroken, or someone who is lonely, or when you’re taking all of your insecurities that your head is cooking up and screaming into your ears. I think time moves slower. I think people need music a little bit more. Um, and I think that, in those moments, it’s important to remind yourself of a few things. And if there’s just a few things you remember from tonight, please remember these things. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you. You are not damaged goods or tarnished if you’ve made a few mistakes in your life. And you are not going nowhere just because you haven’t gotten where you want to go yet. Let me tell you a few things that you are. You are someone who is wiser, stronger, smarter, better because you made mistakes and learned from them. That’s what you are. And, more importantly, you are someone who is dealing with whatever you’re dealing with right now, but instead of letting those things define you, instead of wallowing in those things, you decided to get dressed up, go to Staples Center, and have the best time ever with me tonight. This is a song I wrote in London with a wonderful, incredible artist named Imogen Heap about… about that moment when you realise that walking through a bunch of rainstorms and continuing to keep on going doesn’t make you damaged. It actually makes you clean.”

Every Clean Speech - Shanghai, China (Night 2)

“Xie Xie (Thank you)! You know, it’s amazing getting to be in Shanghai and to be somewhere so far away from where my home is but to feel so at home. Thanks for how welcoming you are to us, thank you! And when I come to see you, it reminds me that distance is the only thing that is hugely different about the way we feel things and about the way that we all have the same kind of insecurities, and fears, and doubts. And you know, we all have sort of this ability to let other people’s opinions in and to let that affect how we actually feel about ourselves. And I’ve been guilty of that – of really caring too much about what people think of me, people who don’t know me, people who don’t care about me. And I think that… it was a few years ago that I learned a really good lesson that you have to stop, you have to put it down, you have to stop opening up the book of endless possibilities of things that people could think about you that you’re not good enough, you’re not cool enough, you’re not pretty enough, whatever it is. You can go down in endless tunnel of self-doubt if you keep caring about people who don’t care about you. And it was a few years ago that I learned this lesson and it really changed the way that I thought about thing, changed the way I looked my life. And around that time, I was in London. And I met this incredible singer-songwriter named Imogen Heap. And we wrote a song together and I put it as the last song on 1989. And so if you know the words of this one, please sing with me. This one’s called Clean.” (x)