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Well I guess that’s sort of like picking your favorite child, which is impossible. “No Heartbeat Sound” is probably one that is special to me, because it was inspired by the loss of a really close friend of ours. That one probably stands out a little bit in terms of its meaning for me. It was an interesting thing that happened in the studio when we were recording it. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to hear it yet, but at the end, it goes, “No heartbeat sound, no heartbeat sound, no heartbeat sound, no heartbeat sound.” That’s the way it was written. That’s the way I wrote it, but in the studio doing the vocals, when I got to the last, “No heartbeat sound,” the word just went away, it wasn’t in my headphones. I thought, “That’s strange, I wonder what happened?” We’d been having some headphone problems during the day, so I just chalked it up to that.


When we went and listened to it in the song room, it wasn’t there, it was just gone. Our friend who passed was a very, very close friend to the family, and a producer and audio-video guy, so I just said, “Okay, well, thanks! That was a good idea! Take that last sound off so it ends on ‘No heartbeat.’’’ I thought, “Gosh, you know? I should have thought of that! Yeah! I like that.” So not only is the song special to me, but that recording of it… As another dear friend of ours would say, “Don’t touch that one with a 10-foot pole!” We said, “That’s it! That’s the take!” So that was a pretty interesting moment, when that word just went away. I chalk that up to a little guidance from above, or the other side, wherever they are.


Wow. I think that the more personal an artist is with their music, the more powerful energetically that person comes through. What is it that makes you the most vulnerable, as a woman, as an artist?


Well, the awkwardness is probably every day! There’s always something that happens where I go, “Oh, that was so awkward!” [laughing]


I’m so happy to hear you say that! If Pegi Young can feel awkward, well, damn, I can feel it too!


It’s just a daily occurrence! {laughing]


Do you feel vulnerable with your music? I imagine releasing something to the world on such a personal level...


Sure, yeah I do, sure! Because you are going, “Well, here I am, and here’s what’s on my mind right now.” The only way to deal with that is to accept that you wouldn’t be a recording artist and you wouldn’t be a songwriter who put music out there if you didn’t know that came with the territory. Be true. Be as true and honest with yourself as you can, and then you’ve just got to let it go from there out into the universe. Whatever happens after that I have no control of, but I do have control of what I’m willing to put out there. Just accepting that vulnerability is part of the deal, I think, makes that part okay.


I’m writing that down.


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