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Just some article/interview

Posted: Thu May 15, 2003 9:29 am
by Moni
I made this

So yes, this is some sort of self promotion... umm well.

Anyway, Big Thanks to John for all his help and coolness, and to Eric for his support & inexhaustable sense of humor.

Bonus track of sorts

Quotes from the interview I didn't use in the article (thanks again to John for letting me post those):
[Don't be distracted by the clumsy formulation of the questions...]

- When you go into the studio to record, do you already have in
mind what you?d like a song to sound like in the final version? Or is
it more a developing process, a lot of experimenting with sounds,
instruments, arrangements etc.?


I like to go into the studio with almost no plan whatsoever, and it
gets me into trouble. For one, the recording process takes a lot
longer and for two, many of my fellow musicians like things to be
spelled out and they get frustrated with me when I start changing
the plan in mid-stream. I'm hoping to find a blend of the two
styles.

- I take it "Nora" is the only song on this album that?s a
reworked Western State Hurricanes tune? I was a bit surprised to see it
on the album track-list although you've never played it life with the
Long Winters so far?...


There are still several songs from the old days that I never
recorded that I haven't finished with. Nora was always our set
closer in the WSH and I didn't know what to do with it when we made
The Worst You Can Do Is Harm. But I started playing it as a piano
song sometime last year and liked it enough to try and record it.
Sean Nelson feels the lyrics aren't as forward/positive as the rest
of the record but I see it more as a character study.

- In how far do the other band members contribute to the
songwriting-/arrangement process?


In how far? Hard to say. I write the songs by myself, sitting on
my bed or at the piano. When I bring them to the band then
eveybody chips in arrangement ideas and suggestions. Then in the
studio things get changed around again. Chris Walla is a great
arranger too. Both Long Winters records sound the way the do
because Chris Walla put his hands on them.

- Who would you say
are your biggest musical (and maybe also lyrical) influences?


When I write songs I'm always trying to achieve that level where
something just seems "true", like the way certain poems or phrases
arrive at a "trueness" that is greater than if the writer spelled
out everything he/she meant in great detail. There are so many
different writers and musicians that have achieved that "trueness"
at some point or another, and I'm just chasing after that state
rather than trying to duplicate someone else's moment.

Posted: Thu May 15, 2003 11:09 am
by Unremarkable
*thumbs up* Great article!

Posted: Fri May 16, 2003 4:57 am
by Moni
thanks :)
well the really nice thing about murmursdotcom is the fact that a whole lot of people read it... (we get paraphrased by NME and billboard.com on occasions)