I don’t listen so much to music as I would love to and as I used to. So I feel like I am not up to date! When I’m at work I listen a lot to instrumental music, because when I write, I get distracted by singing voices trying to tell me something. So at work, I put on Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Henrik Lindstrand, Bremer/McCoy, August Rosenbaum, Daniel Lanois, Molly Lewis and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
This week I got very touched by a YouTube video with Joni Mitchell performing the song Both Sides Now at The Newport Festival that my boss showed me. Her voice has changed so much over the years. It has become so much deeper, and filled with wisdom, it gave the song a completely new meaning. I always loved the original one so much, but this one brought tears to my eyes. It was like a physical manifestation of something so fluent as time that has passed. It made me want to revisit all these new folk-inspired singers that I love so much such as Aldous Harding, Marissa Nadler, Julie Byrne, Julia Holter, Jessica Pratt, Julia Jacklin etc.
I also don’t read as much as I would love to – I guess it’s just like that when you have small kids and a full-time job. But this summer I read Édouard Louis: Change: A Method, which I was really fond of, and right now I am reading The Postcard by Anne Berest, which is also really good and horribly sad – a holocaust story told from her own family's perspective.