"It's storytelling through song," she said, mentioning that she wrote 50 or 60 tunes before whittling "White Chalk" down to 11 that stood both on their own and as one. "My life's work is the study of that. When I'm not physically writing songs, all I do really is read about song craft, gather as much information as I can. I look at meter and stanza, I go back to all the poetic forms and shapes."Ralph Vaughn Williams, PJ? Really? JW, if you're reading this, don't hold it against her!
"White Chalk" is also informed by the classical music she listened to almost exclusively while making it, from Beethoven, Bach and Handel to personal favorites such as "sacred minimalists" Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki, to new interests including Ralph Vaughan Williams and medieval composer William Lawes.
Friday, October 26, 2007
LATimes article on PJ
For those of you who aren't tired of reading about PJ Harvey on these pages, there's a nice interview with her in today's LATimes. The link is here.