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Joanna Newsom
January 18, 1982 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I am consciously trying not to make it sound Celtic or African.


I played piano for about two years when I was a kid. I didn't play long enough to be really great.


I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't get away from completely.


I have writing songs on my own for about six years.


I want to make music that somehow connects to the things that I love in America music.


I am always trying to write.


The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded just a few weeks after I had started singing, out of the blue, started singing. And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it, and how terrified I am with it.


I would happy for someone to download my music.


I wasn't interested in writing music that wasn't beautiful for me to listen to.


The way that words fit together is always interesting to me. I love words.


I can't play my songs on the smaller harp. I have a Celtic harp. I can't do the key changes.


It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band.


I started playing harp about fourteen years ago.


I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music.


In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms. I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.


I did spend a year in high school being obsessed with Fleetwood Mac.


I am consciously not trying to bring in World Music elements. The ways that I work and feel are completely different in how they sound than someone playing the Kora in Africa would play it.


Lyrics are very different. There is a clear line between that and a poem. Something that has been a source of great excitement and delight for me is this idea that I get to rhyme.


You should listen to a lot of different music.


People in San Francisco and the East Bay have shown interest, done interviews, and have come to shows. I guess that the news travels fast out of this island that we are on.


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