Friday, February 04, 2005

Loretta Lynn: Country Wise

There is a good story about Loretta Lynn's collaboration with Jack White in USA Today, and it is filled with lots of good quotes:

"His [White's] mind-set is where mine started," she says. "He loved the way I sing, and he wanted to record me. I said, 'great.' I figured it would work or it wouldn't. And if it didn't, I'd just do the record over again."

"I knew Jack was a rock 'n' roll singer, but that never made me nervous. Nothing much can scare me anymore."

"I know Nashville, and so now I live 77 miles outside Nashville toward Memphis. They always say they're looking for real country, and they didn't have sense enough to see it. I think people are hungry for a song they can sing along with."

"People take two years to make an album that's so polished and overdone that the spark is gone. Go in with a four-piece band and finish up in two days."

"My husband said I could sing, but I never thought I could sing that good," she says. "But I could write stuff that was real and bring it across. What I couldn't say to my husband, I'd write. My life is an open book."

...Would she remarry? "Maybe, if I ever found someone that I love, but I don't think that will ever happen. It might. I'm not going to waste no time worrying about it."

"If you stop and look back, you're not going to go anywhere," she says. "You can't look around and see what everyone else is doing. I'm going to mind my own business and keep moving."
Can't argue with that. I hear she's still fantastic live, by the way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw Loretta in Toronto last Friday. She was awesome, I can't say the same for her daughters though...