Some Questions #22: Anais Mitchell!

Και να που το Some Questions αφήνει μετά από καιρό τη Σκανδιναβία και περνάει απέναντι. Μέσα στο 2010 κυκλοφόρησαν ουκ ολίγοι φιλόδοξοι δίσκοι - μεγάλη μας τιμή λοιπόν να φιλοξενούμε τη δημιουργό ενός από τους πλέον φιλόδοξους! Καλεσμένη της 22ης έκδοσης της στήλης είναι η κυρία Anais Mitchell από το Vermont. Η Anais λέει ότι το Hadestown είναι μια folk opera, αν κι εμείς θα τη λέγαμε και blues και gospel, που αφηγείται μια παραλλαγή του μύθου του Ορφέα και της Ευριδίκης μέσα σε μια ατμόσφαιρα που θυμίζει έντονα αυτήν του O Brother, Where Art Thou? των Κοέν. Εκλεκτοί καλεσμένοι όπως ο Justin Vernon (τραγουδάει σε πάρα πολλά κομμάτια), ο βραχνόφωνος folk μουσικός Greg Brown, η Ani DiFranco και οι αδερφές Hayden βοηθούν την Anais να ξετυλίξει το κουβάρι του παραμυθιού ενώ εκείνη οδηγεί το χορό με τη λεπτή φωνή της. Έχοντας στο ενεργητικό της έναν από τους αγαπημένους μας φετινούς δίσκους, αποδείχθηκε συν τοις άλλοις και ξηγημένη τύπισσα και απάντησε στις ερωτήσεις μας αναλυτικότατα!

Could you please tell us...

1. Three albums you’d take along on a desert island?

Paul Brady Welcome Here Kind Stranger
Peter Gabriel So
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

2. A song you wish you’d written?

Gillian Welch 'Ruination Day'

3. Your Sunday morning song?

On a Sunday morning I like to hear The Carpenters, or Cat Stevens, that kind of thing.

4. Your favourite b-side?

Bon Iver's "Woods" from the Blood Bank E.P..

5. Your favourite Beatles song?

I like "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid".

6. A musician/band you think is criminally underrated?

Most of my friends! I'm serious. there's too many to name...

7. Your favourite place for writing music?

Bathrooms and stairwells, where the music echoes back at me.

8. What your music-related plans are for the next 12 months?

I'm planning to work on two records, one is a collection of very old british and scottish songs I'm adapting with my comrade collaborator Jefferson Hamer, and the other is a solo record of new songs. I'm really excited about both of those projects! I'm also doing some special shows with the Hadestown band where we put on the Hadestown opera in different towns with different people, it's gonna be wild, I can't wait.

9. What you wish to do once you retire from music?

Read more, cook more and write long letters.

10. A stylistic choice you’ve made and are now ashamed of?

I think I've made a lot of silly choices about how I sing, the voice is such a strange subtle instrument and often when I hear my recordings especially the older ones I go, 'what was I thinking?' but I do feel like it keeps revealing itself as I get older which I suppose is a mystical process.

11. Which role you would like to have played if you were an actor?

Maybe the role of the wife in A Doll's House by Ibsen.

12. A recurring childhood dream of yours?

I often dream of singer songwriters I admire, not so much as a child, but since I was a teenager. Sometimes they give me advice. Bob Dylan wanted to have sex with me in the dream and I refused him. Bruce Springsteen told me I should write songs without ever putting pen to paper. Ani DiFranco has walked through my dreams periodically since I was fourteen years old. David Rawlings played me an entire unreleased Gillian Welch record in a dream. I dreamed of Kimya Dawson last week,
in the dream, my friend embarrassed me in front of Kimya Dawson by pouring a pint of Guinness in my lap.

13. If you are superstitious?

I've lately got into the idea that exuding positivity makes good things happen.

14. A sentence containing the words ”some” and ”beans”?

You know we grew some black turtle beans in our garden last summer, the pods were beautiful purplish and speckled.

"sorry this took so long guys!
here it is.

Anais Mitchell - "If It's True" από το Hadestown

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