It’s an establishing shot: He’s headed toward a bright light, possibly another car.Perhaps he would point out that I had wrongly inserted a comma between “sleeping” and “strangers” in the opening line of Dream River‘s first track “The Sing” (“Drinking while sleeping strangers unknowingly keep me company”), even though his jazzily glacial vocal delivery on the record strongly implies a comma.As a child, Newsom was not allowed to watch television or listen to the radio.She describes her parents as "kind of idealists when it came to hoping they could protect us from bad influences, like violent movies, or stupid stuff".
Bill Callahan has frequently been hailed as the Leonard Cohen of his generation, to date penning more than 15 albums' worth of songs about love, death, nature, the comical hopelessness of human destiny, and, increasingly, his mystical belief in transcendent powers beyond our rational understanding. His stock has stealthily risen of late, partly thanks to the patronage of other artists, including Nick Cave, the late Gil Scott–Heron, who before his passing memorably covered Callahan's I'm New Here, and Laura Marling, whose last record, Once I Was An Eagle, echoed him both in its title and its vocal phrasing.
Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today.
Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment.
To my relief, it doesn't turn out that way, as the singer talks amenably, even chirpily, though always with painstaking care, about his gradual rise.
Callahan may have characterised his career as an exercise in Sisyphean futility, but it reaches a fresh summit tomorrow, with the start of his biggest UK tour, culminating in two sold–out shows at the Festival Hall – an unimaginable outcome, given his obscure beginnings in the late 1980s, when he spewed out lo–fi cassettes from his bedroom in small–town Maryland.
On a road trip, Bill Callahan recommended she listen to the album Song Cycle by Parks, which led to his being chosen to arrange her work on Ys.