For the American pop icon Mariah Carey, who walks and talks just as she sings – sultry, curvaceous and with feeling – music seems to be more than merely an occupation. It is a passion, certainly. An obsession, perhaps. She herself is not certain. What she does know, she says, is that deconstruction is the fast path to ruin. Her songs, their meaning and, ultimately, their impact are, Carey says candidly, for others to interpret.
"I like to leave things to people," she says. "It's only fair to allow people to feel the way they feel about the song. Music is very personal. Extremely personal. I remember as a kid if somebody sang a song, I wanted it to be about me. That song became about me and whatever, whoever I had a crush on that week. I wanted that to be my song."