Joanna Newsom Quotes

18 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 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 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."
"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."
"Well, yeah, I wanted to resist the urge to thicken everything up with instrumentation, because I just felt like I was interested in seeing how the songs did on their own."
"I started playing harp about fourteen years ago."
"I wasn't interested in writing music that wasn't beautiful for me to listen to."

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