kd lang: ‘Every other day, I dislike my hair. It’s a love-hate relationship’

Born in Canada, kd lang, 59, won her first Grammy in 1988 for her duet with Roy Orbison on the song Crying. The following year she won a second for her album Absolute Torch And Twang. Her 1992 album, Ingénue, went multiplatinum and includes the Grammy-winning hit Constant Craving. On 28 May, she releases makeover, a collection of remixes. She lives in Calgary.

What is your greatest fear?
Being scared in the process of death; I try so hard to prepare myself.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mother. I am always fascinated by her, and I get schooled every time I’m around her.

What is your most treasured possession?
My connection to Dharma, my Buddhist practice.

What makes you unhappy?
Pessimism.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Every other day, my hair. It’s a love-hate relationship.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Pureness of mind: I believe that we all had primordial wisdom at one time.

What is your favourite smell?
Rain on hot asphalt.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Amelia Earhart, the basketball player Damian Lillard, Chrissie Hynde, Queen Elizabeth and Rosa Parks.

Is it better to give or to receive?
They are the same.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Butter.

What does love feel like?
A deep awareness of all things beautiful and painful.

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
A million times.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I don’t like…

What has been your biggest disappointment?
My limited capacity to learn.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
When I was working hard, I was going so fast that I didn’t absorb a lot.

How often do you have sex?
Not a lot lately, but I don’t miss it that much.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
A coming together of global consciousness.

What has been your closest brush with the law?
When I was 20, I got arrested for unpaid parking tickets.

What keeps you awake at night?
Inconsequential things like whether my basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers, can get it together for the play-offs.

Tell us a joke
Q: How do you get 100 Canadians on a blistering hot day out of a cool, clean, beautiful swimming pool? A: OK, everybody out of the pool.