Patti Scialfa in 2008
|Birth name||Vivienne Patricia Scialfa|
|Born||July 29, 1953|
|Origin||Deal, New Jersey, United States|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, vocals, percussions|
|Years active||Late 1970sâ€“present|
|Associated acts||E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen|
I grew up in an era where you had to find your own way as a woman. When I was a kid, there was this whole physical and emotional neatness and purity that a woman was supposed to have, and I didn't fit into that.
There was such a lack of modern, recognizable role models for a young girl in the 1950s. I mean, 'Leave It to Beaver' didn't speak to me. That's why I latched on to music.
Forget the press – just being a partner of somebody who's very, very famous, it's hard to keep your center and your personality intact.
I like writing a body of music that has a cohesive, emotional thread through it.
I was always friends with a lot of guys, maybe because their girlfriends were girly-girls, and they felt safe with me.
I did feel funny about being fair and having red hair and freckles. I did not like that because I grew up in a neighbourhood where no one had red hair. I felt very conspicuous but not in a nice way.
You drive past your old high school, and even if everybody treated you terribly, you still go take a look, don't you?
We always make a hot breakfast for the kids: oatmeal, pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, the whole deal. We like to have that time in the morning together as a family.
You come to the city, and you have a chance to find out who you really are.
People were a little leery when I was doing the press for my last album 'Rumble Doll,' yes. It's always that thing that this is a dilettante or a pet project.
When you're married to someone famous, people know you, but they're not really seeing you.
For writing, I get up early in the morning – 5 o'clock, 4:30. I'm a morning person… So I try to do it while people are asleep. The mornings are the nicest.
You know how you get close to something you want and then you start doing things to ensure that you don't quite get it? I did a lot of that.
My real priorities were my family – my kids and Bruce – and my work with the E Street Band.
When I was younger, I'd go to the Museum of Television and Radio in New York and watch this beautiful clip of Billie Holiday playing with a bassist, a pianist and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of mine, on baritone sax. At one point, she looks over at Gerry, and they just smile. When those moments happen, it's just lovely.
I loved a lot of different kinds of music, but for my own thing, I went for the singer-songwriters.