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Overview (2)

Born in Grass Valley, California, USA
Birth NameJoanna Caroline Newsom

Mini Bio (1)

Joanna Newsom was born on January 18, 1982 in Grass Valley, California, USA as Joanna Caroline Newsom. She is an actress and composer, known for Inherent Vice (2014), The Strangers (2008) and Paper Towns (2015). She has been married to Andy Samberg since September 21, 2013. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Andy Samberg (21 September 2013 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (5)

Studied composition and creative writing at Mills College, a liberal arts women's college in California.
Plays the harp, piano and harpsichord.
Singer/songwriter.
(September 21, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 5 years Andy Samberg following a 7-month-long engagement.
She has English, Irish, and German ancestry.

Personal Quotes (30)

I would happy for someone to download my music.
I am always trying to write.
I am consciously trying not to make it sound Celtic or African.
I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music.
I am producing sounds that people are not used to hearing from the harp.
I can understand someone not liking the voice or the songs.
I can't play my songs on the smaller harp. I have a Celtic harp. I can't do the key changes.
I did spend a year in high school being obsessed with Fleetwood Mac.
I give away CDs at shows if someone wants a CD but doesn't have any money. I wouldn't want to do that forever.
I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't get away from completely.
I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.
I have writing songs on my own for about six years.
I played piano for about two years when I was a kid. I didn't play long enough to be really great.
I started playing harp about fourteen years ago.
I want to make music that somehow connects to the things that I love in America music.
I wasn't interested in writing music that wasn't beautiful for me to listen to.
People are often afraid for me. They think that I am going to break. I can make it through a set.
The way that words fit together is always interesting to me. I love words.
You should listen to a lot of different music.
I am consciously not trying to bring in World Music elements. The ways that I work and feel are completely different in how they sound than someone playing the Kora in Africa would play it.
I definitely don't subscribe to the theory that more instruments, or more vocal tracks, harmony, or double tracking the voice, is a good thing. People do their early albums very stripped down, then each album becomes bloated.
I recorded harp first or singing first. I recorded it all together. Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play the songs without also singing. I forget how they progress. I don't think that any of them are verse, chorus, verse, and so on. They are not simple.
I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references.
In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms. I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.
It's totally different. I usually don't tell people about the Pleased if they know me from the harp. And if they are there to see the Pleased, I usually don't tell them about the harp. I am nervous that these people will expect something similar.
It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band.
Lyrics are very different. There is a clear line between that and a poem. Something that has been a source of great excitement and delight for me is this idea that I get to rhyme.
People in San Francisco and the East Bay have shown interest, done interviews, and have come to shows. I guess that the news travels fast out of this island that we are on.
The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded just a few weeks after I had started singing, out of the blue, started singing. And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it, and how terrified I am with it.
Well, yeah, I wanted to resist the urge to thicken everything up with instrumentation, because I just felt like I was interested in seeing how the songs did on their own.

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