Up today at The Rumpus is an interview conducted by Wyoming graduate Scott Pinkmountain/Rosenberg, who graduated in 2011, having written a novel, some essays, some poems, some songs, some interviews, and who knows how many other great things. For this piece, he takes on musician Mirah.
From the interview:
“The Rumpus: You seem overtly conscious of playing with your relationship to tradition. I’m curious what tradition means to you as a songwriter.
Mirah: I think that I have come at it backwards in a way because a lot of what I’m doing as a songwriter is not incredibly intentional. There’s a moment that happens which creates the song or the actual idea for a song, and then I’m like, “Oh, it’s this kind of song.”
I do notice that my songs fit all over the map, even in terms of the colloquialisms in them. I happened to be playing this really old song for my friend Thao [Nguyen] and it felt like I was character acting. It was super old timey. It was steeped in a really specific tradition, but I didn’t write the song thinking, “My goal for this is a really traditional old timey sound.” The songs come out with their references intact, almost unheeded by me. It’s like they existed somehow before they met me with their relationship to the tradition, and then they just end up coming through me at that moment because of my relationship to some certain kind of music that I’ve listened to in my life. I know that sounds a little bit woooey.”
Give this a read, everyone.
Fine work, Scott!