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Joanna Newsom Quotes

I am always trying to write.

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.

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

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

I am producing sounds that people are not used to hearing from the harp.

I can understand someone not liking the voice or the songs.

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

I definitely don't subscribe to the theory that more instruments, or more vocal tracks, harmony, or double tracking the voice, is a good thing. People do their early albums very stripped down, then each album becomes bloated.

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

I give away CDs at shows if someone wants a CD but doesn't have any money. I wouldn't want to do that forever.

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

I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.

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

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

I recorded harp first or singing first. I recorded it all together. Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play the songs without also singing. I forget how they progress. I don't think that any of them are verse, chorus, verse, and so on. They are not simple.

I started playing harp about fourteen years ago.

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

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references.

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

I would happy for someone to download my music.