lifeblood: listlogs: 2008-057a


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date:    sat, 9 aug 2008 16:42:59 +1000
from:    sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: amy q&a from afterellen.com

hi folks,

sorry, i'm a bit behind with this one.  this is a q&a with amy from=
afterellen.com.  you can read it online at=
http://www.afterellen.com/people/2008/8/amyray.

cheers,
sherlyn

---begin forwarded article---
amy ray takes your questions
by trish bendix, blog editor
august 1, 2008

there are probably few people in the world who know amy ray better than her=
fans. the out musician has had a dedicated base of them for decades as one=
half of the indigo girls, the iconic folk duo comprised of ray and emily=
saliers. as the founder and owner of independent label daemon records and=
as a solo star, ray has connected with a younger queer generation as an=
edgy, indie rock musician who doesn=92t shy away from self-expression.

in 2001, she released her first solo album, stag, to positive reviews, and=
followed that with 2005's prom and 2006's live from knoxville. on aug. 5,=
her fourth solo album, didn't it feel kinder, will be released. the album=
highlights a different side of ray=92s vocal talents. fans will be likely be=
mesmerized by the sexy song "she=92s got to be" and ray's ability to write=
pop gems like "cold shoulder." it=92s a fun side of amy ray that can arguably=
only be seen when she=92s on her own.

recently amy ray agreed to take questions from her fans on afterellen.com,=
and she was pleasantly surprised with the creativity and thoughtfulness of=
each inquiry. here are your questions and her answers.

q: with the change in label for the girls, what will become of the live at=
the roxy video filmed in atlanta last year? is there any chance of that=
being released for sale independently, or does hollywood [records] own the=
rights? i'd love to be able to buy the dvd. -- mandy
amy ray: now we're trying to negotiate getting it back, and it's not going=
to be a big issue. so we're just figuring out how, and we plan on releasing=
it in some way this year.

q: is there an issue that you are passionate about that you haven't had the=
time to focus your attention on, or anything you may become a part of in=
the future? -- chelsea
ar: i think, for me, i haven't had enough time in my own community that i=
live in. i'm doing so many things regionally and in other areas and with=
environmentalist issues that i spend so much time outside of my community.=
i think that's the one thing i really long for =85 when i'm home for six=
months or something, to get involved with kids. i live in kind of a rural=
area, and i think a lot of the teenagers really don't have enough do. i=
want to get involved somehow, some way, with teens and engage them more.

q: does anything make you uncomfortable? -- jennifer
ar: a lot of things make me uncomfortable. [laughs] that question makes me=
uncomfortable! [laughs] i'm sort of uncomfortable in the gym in the locker=
room, changing. i'm kind of a modest person. believe it or not! but only in=
certain circumstances, so sometimes the locker room makes me uncomfortable,=
when i'm changing.

q: do you like pop-tarts? if so, what's your favorite kind? -- jennifer
ar: my favorite kind of pop-tart is brown sugar cinnamon with frosting, and=
i love pop-tarts. they're great.

q: when buying a new guitar, what song do you play in the guitar store to=
test it out? -- anne
ar: oh, what a great question! wow. i usually start out by playing block=
chords up and down. that's funny, i don't really play a song, i just play a=
lot of different chords and formations on the guitar, and then typically i=
give it to a really good guitar player and have them play it for me, and i=
listen to them. i usually ask someone when i'm buying a guitar. i'm not a=
good enough player.

q: out of all the songs you've written, which one has meant the most, or=
truly hit home for you? -- alyssa
ar: there's a song i wrote on my first solo record, off stag, called "make=
room." and that song is consistently one that i sort of play just for my=
own enjoyment. not live -- like i mean when i'm playing in a room by=
myself. the words really mean a lot to me, for some reason.

q: how do you chose your outfits and style for each show? =ad=ad-- kirsten
ar: [laughs] it depends on how big my suitcase is! you know what, i pick out=
a pair of pants that i really like, and then i pick from different shirts.=
i like to wear ones that have a little bit of a rock edge on it, you know?=
but i definitely wear clothes on stage i do not wear during the day. i like=
to wear an outfit dedicated to the show so i can feel different when i'm=
on.

q: how did you meet brandi carlile, and what's it like getting to work with=
a younger generation of female singer/songwriters like her? -- denise
ar: i met her through emily [saliers], actually. emily got wind of her first=
and she heard her music, and when brandi came into town we met up and=
talked about writing together. =85 we played a =85 night in atlanta for a=
benefit together. that was kind of it for me. it sealed the deal for me. so=
i said, "come on, let's work together." =85

i'm always looking at what's coming up from younger generations. =85 i like to=
be in touch with all generations. i like to be informed by that. i think=
that i listen a lot to older generations as well, like joan baez and=
jackson browne, i think that's important too. but i like to know what's=
coming up, what's coming after you, what's coming before you.

brandi's interesting because she's =85 inspired by a lot of the same music=
emily and i are inspired by, and she's also influenced by newer bands like=
my morning jacket. but she also listens to queen and elton john. what she=
has is so new, and that's what's so great.

q: your solo music is so different from the indigo girls' music -- it's much=
harder-hitting. if that is your true style and love, are you at all weary=
of singing ig songs that don't at all jive with that style like "galileo"=
and "closer to fine"? -- nina
ar: i don't get tired of "galileo" or "closer to fine," because whenever i=
play "closer to fine" i always think to myself, "wow, this is a great=
song." it's a very well-crafted folk song that means a lot.

there's something that i don't have in indigo girls -- i can't put my finger=
on it=ad, but it's something i can't do, like with politics or a more radical=
queer approach, and certain loud kind of rock things that i just don't do=
with indigo girls. i think emily and i -- we rock and we play some rocking=
songs at different times, but for me it's my passion in a different way.=
with indigo girls, it's a totally different feeling. creating harmonies=
with someone is very magical; there's really nothing like it. it's a whole=
other side of performing.

q: i have always wanted to know what you have tattooed on her chest. you can=
occasionally see glimpses of it but never the entire tattoo! -- heidi
ar: it's kind of like a celtic design with a couple of animals that are sort=
of a cross between a deer and a dog. and then there's these kind of sea=
creatures, and it sort of represents my -- sort of like everything on my=
body goes back to nature. like i have tattoos on my back, too, and=
everything is nature-based.

q: i've read you are a fan of comic books. who are your favorite=
writers/authors? -- cylinda
ar: i've been into graphic novels and stuff. there's one that came out last=
year called fun home by alison bechdel. that's one of my favorite new ones=
from the last couple years. i re-read that all the time. =85 another one is=
persepolis. the green lantern and the sandman were what got me into=
comics.

q: i have problems with depression, and during my worst times, your music=
(solo and indigo) always makes me feel better. i've wanted to ask you, if=
this is true and you do have similar issues, how do you keep going? how do=
you push through and keep creating and helping others create? sometimes i=
feel as if i can't move forward, yet you always do. you inspire me and i=
have often wondered how you do it. -- christy
ar: i have depression problems. i go through those times. i turn to music,=
because that's what i do. that's the thing that helps me get through. i=
write a lot when i feel that way, and i do a lot of hiking and just=
mountain climb.

q: you have a great alto voice, but in some of your new songs, you use a=
higher range, which also sounds excellent. what has led to your writing=
some of your new solo material in that higher range? -- lynne
ar: i've always wanted to develop that range, and i've really been working=
on it. i wanted to wait until i got better at it to do it. it's more=
vulnerable that way. it was a challenge, and i started writing in that way=
[to challenge myself]. i've been listening to a lot of male artists using=
their voices in that range, like antony and the johnsons and the shins.=
they use the higher parts of their voice. my voice is a tenor; it's not=
even an alto! it is definitely a stretch for me.

q: what is the inspiration behind the song "kid fears"? -- noa
ar: when i wrote that, i had some very close friends who were battling a lot=
of problems: health problems and drug problems. it inspired that song.

q: are you still into motorcycling and bikes? and if so, which one are you=
riding at the moment? -- waveney
ar: my motorcycle is a honda eb500 from 1990. and i'm still riding a little=
[bicycle] from literally 20 years ago. i love it so much!

q: at a recent show in veneta, ore., you were wearing a t-shirt with the=
words "love hurts" and a nailed hand. it contained the full text of a bible=
verse, 1 john 4:10. so my question is, have you become a christian? and if=
not, is there a story that goes with how you got that shirt and why you=
wear it? -- doyle
ar: wow. i was raised a christian, so i have more of a pagan relationship=
with jesus. and so i do have a tie to christianity from a southern aspect,=
and i have a lot of love for the story of jesus, and he is a revolutionary=
spirit and for me it means a lot.

i bought that shirt at a thrift store because of what it says =85 because love=
does hurt! and i don't even know how to put it. it's sort of a proclamation=
of the way christianity is viewed in culture. =85 part of it is what that=
shirt means with the crucifixion and "love hurts." it's like yeah, that's=
true!

q: what was the last movie that made your cry? -- vanessa
ar: a movie called lars and the real girl. the story line made me cry.

q: in several of your songs, you write poignantly of the loneliness and=
isolation of life on the road, and deeply missing loved ones and=
connections back home. i am pondering taking a job that will require lots=
of travel. do you have any advice about how to maintain closeness with=
family, partner and friends when you're gone from your hometown for 20=
weeks at a time? -- susan
ar: i don't have any advice. if she has any for me, i'll take it! [laughs]=
for me, i have to remember to keep my family in mind and my partner and=
where they're coming from. that's what my life's about. =85 i'm a homebody=
but i'm also a traveler. i'm both of those things.

--
please do not send long non-indigo girls-related forwards to the list.
indigo girls faq and indigo girls mailing list faq:
http://www.pixelopolis.com/ig

------------------------------

date:    sun, 10 aug 2008 03:04:30 +0200
from:    kathrin siegmund <kathrin_siegmund@gmx.de>
subject: aw: amy q&a from afterellen.com

what a great interview! thanks for sharing.
not to sound too geeky but i think her motorcycle is actually a honda =
cb500,
don't know of an eb500 model... end of geek mode ;). =20

be well,
kathrin

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im
auftrag von sherlyn koo
gesendet: samstag, 9. august 2008 08:43
an: indigo-girls@lists.netspace.org
betreff: amy q&a from afterellen.com

hi folks,

sorry, i'm a bit behind with this one.  this is a q&a with amy from
afterellen.com.  you can read it online at
http://www.afterellen.com/people/2008/8/amyray.

cheers,
sherlyn

---begin forwarded article---
amy ray takes your questions
by trish bendix, blog editor
august 1, 2008

there are probably few people in the world who know amy ray better than =
her
fans. the out musician has had a dedicated base of them for decades as =
one
half of the indigo girls, the iconic folk duo comprised of ray and emily
saliers. as the founder and owner of independent label daemon records =
and as
a solo star, ray has connected with a younger queer generation as an =
edgy,
indie rock musician who doesn=92t shy away from self-expression.

in 2001, she released her first solo album, stag, to positive reviews, =
and
followed that with 2005's prom and 2006's live from knoxville. on aug. =
5,
her fourth solo album, didn't it feel kinder, will be released. the =
album
highlights a different side of ray=92s vocal talents. fans will be =
likely be
mesmerized by the sexy song "she=92s got to be" and ray's ability to =
write pop
gems like "cold shoulder." it=92s a fun side of amy ray that can =
arguably only
be seen when she=92s on her own.

recently amy ray agreed to take questions from her fans on =
afterellen.com,
and she was pleasantly surprised with the creativity and thoughtfulness =
of
each inquiry. here are your questions and her answers.

q: with the change in label for the girls, what will become of the live =
at
the roxy video filmed in atlanta last year? is there any chance of that
being released for sale independently, or does hollywood [records] own =
the
rights? i'd love to be able to buy the dvd. -- mandy
amy ray: now we're trying to negotiate getting it back, and it's not =
going
to be a big issue. so we're just figuring out how, and we plan on =
releasing
it in some way this year.

q: is there an issue that you are passionate about that you haven't had =
the
time to focus your attention on, or anything you may become a part of in =
the
future? -- chelsea
ar: i think, for me, i haven't had enough time in my own community that =
i
live in. i'm doing so many things regionally and in other areas and with
environmentalist issues that i spend so much time outside of my =
community. i
think that's the one thing i really long for =85 when i'm home for six =
months
or something, to get involved with kids. i live in kind of a rural area, =
and
i think a lot of the teenagers really don't have enough do. i want to =
get
involved somehow, some way, with teens and engage them more.


q: does anything make you uncomfortable? -- jennifer
ar: a lot of things make me uncomfortable. [laughs] that question makes =
me
uncomfortable! [laughs] i'm sort of uncomfortable in the gym in the =
locker
room, changing. i'm kind of a modest person. believe it or not! but only =
in
certain circumstances, so sometimes the locker room makes me =
uncomfortable,
when i'm changing.

q: do you like pop-tarts? if so, what's your favorite kind? -- jennifer
ar: my favorite kind of pop-tart is brown sugar cinnamon with frosting, =
and
i love pop-tarts. they're great.

q: when buying a new guitar, what song do you play in the guitar store =
to
test it out? -- anne
ar: oh, what a great question! wow. i usually start out by playing block
chords up and down. that's funny, i don't really play a song, i just =
play a
lot of different chords and formations on the guitar, and then typically =
i
give it to a really good guitar player and have them play it for me, and =
i
listen to them. i usually ask someone when i'm buying a guitar. i'm not =
a
good enough player.

q: out of all the songs you've written, which one has meant the most, or
truly hit home for you? -- alyssa
ar: there's a song i wrote on my first solo record, off stag, called =
"make
room." and that song is consistently one that i sort of play just for my =
own
enjoyment. not live -- like i mean when i'm playing in a room by myself. =
the
words really mean a lot to me, for some reason.

q: how do you chose your outfits and style for each show? =ad=ad-- =
kirsten
ar: [laughs] it depends on how big my suitcase is! you know what, i pick =
out
a pair of pants that i really like, and then i pick from different =
shirts. i
like to wear ones that have a little bit of a rock edge on it, you know? =
but
i definitely wear clothes on stage i do not wear during the day. i like =
to
wear an outfit dedicated to the show so i can feel different when i'm =
on.

q: how did you meet brandi carlile, and what's it like getting to work =
with
a younger generation of female singer/songwriters like her? -- denise
ar: i met her through emily [saliers], actually. emily got wind of her =
first
and she heard her music, and when brandi came into town we met up and =
talked
about writing together. =85 we played a =85 night in atlanta for a =
benefit
together. that was kind of it for me. it sealed the deal for me. so i =
said,
"come on, let's work together." =85

i'm always looking at what's coming up from younger generations. =85 i =
like to
be in touch with all generations. i like to be informed by that. i think
that i listen a lot to older generations as well, like joan baez and =
jackson
browne, i think that's important too. but i like to know what's coming =
up,
what's coming after you, what's coming before you.

brandi's interesting because she's =85 inspired by a lot of the same =
music
emily and i are inspired by, and she's also influenced by newer bands =
like
my morning jacket. but she also listens to queen and elton john. what =
she
has is so new, and that's what's so great.

q: your solo music is so different from the indigo girls' music -- it's =
much
harder-hitting. if that is your true style and love, are you at all =
weary of
singing ig songs that don't at all jive with that style like "galileo" =
and
"closer to fine"? -- nina
ar: i don't get tired of "galileo" or "closer to fine," because whenever =
i
play "closer to fine" i always think to myself, "wow, this is a great =
song."
it's a very well-crafted folk song that means a lot.

there's something that i don't have in indigo girls -- i can't put my =
finger
on it=ad, but it's something i can't do, like with politics or a more =
radical
queer approach, and certain loud kind of rock things that i just don't =
do
with indigo girls. i think emily and i -- we rock and we play some =
rocking
songs at different times, but for me it's my passion in a different way.
with indigo girls, it's a totally different feeling. creating harmonies =
with
someone is very magical; there's really nothing like it. it's a whole =
other
side of performing.

q: i have always wanted to know what you have tattooed on her chest. you =
can
occasionally see glimpses of it but never the entire tattoo! -- heidi
ar: it's kind of like a celtic design with a couple of animals that are =
sort
of a cross between a deer and a dog. and then there's these kind of sea
creatures, and it sort of represents my -- sort of like everything on my
body goes back to nature. like i have tattoos on my back, too, and
everything is nature-based.

q: i've read you are a fan of comic books. who are your favorite
writers/authors? -- cylinda
ar: i've been into graphic novels and stuff. there's one that came out =
last
year called fun home by alison bechdel. that's one of my favorite new =
ones
from the last couple years. i re-read that all the time. =85 another one =
is
persepolis. the green lantern and the sandman were what got me into =
comics.

q: i have problems with depression, and during my worst times, your =
music
(solo and indigo) always makes me feel better. i've wanted to ask you, =
if
this is true and you do have similar issues, how do you keep going? how =
do
you push through and keep creating and helping others create? sometimes =
i
feel as if i can't move forward, yet you always do. you inspire me and i
have often wondered how you do it. -- christy
ar: i have depression problems. i go through those times. i turn to =
music,
because that's what i do. that's the thing that helps me get through. i
write a lot when i feel that way, and i do a lot of hiking and just =
mountain
climb.

q: you have a great alto voice, but in some of your new songs, you use a
higher range, which also sounds excellent. what has led to your writing =
some
of your new solo material in that higher range? -- lynne
ar: i've always wanted to develop that range, and i've really been =
working
on it. i wanted to wait until i got better at it to do it. it's more
vulnerable that way. it was a challenge, and i started writing in that =
way
[to challenge myself]. i've been listening to a lot of male artists =
using
their voices in that range, like antony and the johnsons and the shins. =
they
use the higher parts of their voice. my voice is a tenor; it's not even =
an
alto! it is definitely a stretch for me.

q: what is the inspiration behind the song "kid fears"? -- noa
ar: when i wrote that, i had some very close friends who were battling a =
lot
of problems: health problems and drug problems. it inspired that song.

q: are you still into motorcycling and bikes? and if so, which one are =
you
riding at the moment? -- waveney
ar: my motorcycle is a honda eb500 from 1990. and i'm still riding a =
little
[bicycle] from literally 20 years ago. i love it so much!

q: at a recent show in veneta, ore., you were wearing a t-shirt with the
words "love hurts" and a nailed hand. it contained the full text of a =
bible
verse, 1 john 4:10. so my question is, have you become a christian? and =
if
not, is there a story that goes with how you got that shirt and why you =
wear
it? -- doyle
ar: wow. i was raised a christian, so i have more of a pagan =
relationship
with jesus. and so i do have a tie to christianity from a southern =
aspect,
and i have a lot of love for the story of jesus, and he is a =
revolutionary
spirit and for me it means a lot.

i bought that shirt at a thrift store because of what it says =85 =
because love
does hurt! and i don't even know how to put it. it's sort of a =
proclamation
of the way christianity is viewed in culture. =85 part of it is what =
that
shirt means with the crucifixion and "love hurts." it's like yeah, =
that's
true!

q: what was the last movie that made your cry? -- vanessa
ar: a movie called lars and the real girl. the story line made me cry.

q: in several of your songs, you write poignantly of the loneliness and
isolation of life on the road, and deeply missing loved ones and =
connections
back home. i am pondering taking a job that will require lots of travel. =
do
you have any advice about how to maintain closeness with family, partner =
and
friends when you're gone from your hometown for 20 weeks at a time? -- =
susan
ar: i don't have any advice. if she has any for me, i'll take it! =
[laughs]
for me, i have to remember to keep my family in mind and my partner and
where they're coming from. that's what my life's about. =85 i'm a =
homebody but
i'm also a traveler. i'm both of those things.=20

--
please do not send long non-indigo girls-related forwards to the list.
indigo girls faq and indigo girls mailing list faq:
http://www.pixelopolis.com/ig

--
please do not send long non-indigo girls-related forwards to the list.
indigo girls faq and indigo girls mailing list faq:
http://www.pixelopolis.com/ig

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