[Kristin Hersh] maintains that she doesn’t write her own songs, that they just come to her from music, which is outside her. I watched this interview with her on YouTube—now she has three kids, she’s in her 40s—and she still says, ‘Oh, I don’t write songs, I’m just this receptor, and they come to me.’
I think a lot of artists feel that way. It’s about the unconscious, and from the Surrealists onward people were really interested in not letting your conscious self get in the way of your creative potential. I think that’s really true as far as writing songs. This is something I learned in college. I was a poetry major too and one of the best lessons I learned was, you don’t sit down and say, ‘I’m going to write a poem about this table.’ [indicates table]. Because, we can probably think of three things to say about this table: it’s sitting on the ground, it’s hard and it’s flat.”
— the awl’s interview with amy klein of titus andronicus – i’m kind of ambivalent towards this idea but klein is really well-read and interesting and just a darn good interview subject. follow her on tumblr, please.
(Source: The Awl)