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Like everything meaningful in her life, Ani DiFranco says that her 2-year-old daughter Petah Lucia has factored into her music. “It is amazing to have a kid and be forced to step away from myself a lot, and you come back and you can see things that you don’t see when you spend all day with your thoughts,” the 38-year-old singer/songwriter tells Creative Loafing. “I think a baby is a really good influence for me that way.”

Emphasis on ‘trying!’ Ani admits that Petah often zaps her time and energy, leaving little left over for making music. “It can feel a bit artistically constipated sometimes,” she admits before adding “but I welcome it.”

Petah is Ani’s first child with husband Mike Napolitano.