Damien Jurado has been one of the most influential and interesting songwriters in the Pacific Northwest for a decade. His new album, Saint Bartlett, which was expertly produced by Richard Swift, is one of the most listenable and lovely albums to come out in this already strong year of music.
- Anna-Lynne Williams
1. What’s the first piece of music you listened to today?
An untitled demo for a song I’m working on.
2. What are your vices?
Nicotine and driving.
3. What is one of your prejudices?
People who feel the need to drive fast. It’s not a race.
4. In what way do you think music has the ability to change the way people live their lives?
I don’t think it necessarily does. However, if it does, I don’t think it should.
5. At what age did you first feel distrust?
When I was 12.
6. Do you think that your name is appropriate for you? (If not, what name would be more appropriate?)
7. What is the best piece of music you’ve ever created, in your opinion?
I would say my new record, Saint Bartlett, or my second record, Ghost of David.
8. Right now, how are you trying to change yourself?
By letting go of all that worries me. To let God take more control of my life. To be more aware of the beauty that surrounds me. To not take advantage of anything. Seeing all things, good and bad, as blessings.
9. If you had the time, what else would you do?
Finish my screenplay.
10. What social cause do you feel the most strongly about (negative or positive)?
The welfare of children.
11. What are your fears?
Losing those I love.
12. Who is your favorite author?
13. What is your favorite movie?
The Last Picture Show
14. Favorite album(s) from the last few years?
Atlantic Ocean – Richard Swift
Onasis – Richard Swift
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
You Can’t Win – Dolorean
Tenlons Fort – Shelters Fund
15. What would you like to know more about?
Love and peace. How to live it, not just feel it. To be consumed by joy. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
16. What is one thing you would like to do/see/accomplish before you die?
I want to live to be an old man. Well into my 90s.
Listen to Damien Jurado on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/damienjurado
Identity Theory recommends “Cloudy Shoes ” by Damien Jurado