Hello, Loretta

random glimpses of Ms. Henriksen's brain

Sep 18
What a glorious five days in my old stomping grounds in New York City — the many amazing meals, all those glasses raised in the company of dear friends, the muggy subway tunnels, the thrift shop scores, the aimless wandering the streets for glimpses of decay, water towers and architectural juxtapositions. I was ready to reunite with constant exuberance of my daughter — her endless joy — though saddened to leave behind those streets and company of my best friend in her new Park Slope home. I couldn’t have imagined a better vacation. Heavy evening air greeted me home to the Arkansas Ozarks, my windows open to the night sounds of crickets and decadence of night creatures, to find that the first person who offered me a job upon my return to these old hills was tragically killed from a fire that consumed her entire apartment late Sunday night. I return always to what I once wrote, “I am at once shattered and glowing.” 

What a glorious five days in my old stomping grounds in New York City — the many amazing meals, all those glasses raised in the company of dear friends, the muggy subway tunnels, the thrift shop scores, the aimless wandering the streets for glimpses of decay, water towers and architectural juxtapositions. I was ready to reunite with constant exuberance of my daughter — her endless joy — though saddened to leave behind those streets and company of my best friend in her new Park Slope home. I couldn’t have imagined a better vacation. Heavy evening air greeted me home to the Arkansas Ozarks, my windows open to the night sounds of crickets and decadence of night creatures, to find that the first person who offered me a job upon my return to these old hills was tragically killed from a fire that consumed her entire apartment late Sunday night. I return always to what I once wrote, “I am at once shattered and glowing.” 


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Sep 3

Going Deep

Last night I stayed up into the wee hours to file reviews of the forthcoming Lia Ices and She Keeps Bees, that I’ve fallen for so hard. The sounds are drastically different but equally passionate. Get a taste with these videos. I’ll post the reviews when they’re up.


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Aug 10
Sisters in Berlin, 1995

Sisters in Berlin, 1995


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Aug 6

I’ve found myself returning to this gloriousness a lot these past few days.


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Jul 2
“He cut straight through the middle with no compromises … He was never afraid to write from the heart, and perhaps that’s why he was never really accepted. It’s like the light was too strong and bright, and people just had to turn away … because it was all too painful. It could rip you up. Not many people can take music that real.”

Emmylou Harris on Gram Parsons in an interview from 1975 with Robert Hilburn

I just finished reading Ben Fong-Torres’s biography on Gram Parsons, Hickory Wind. Now, I’ve never really been a reader of biographies because I’m drawn to the literary, but I’m reading more and more. 

I’ve started writing for Wondering Sound and am grateful to talk to the likes of White Hinterland, Haley Bonar, Craft Spells, Anders Parker and  and I just turned one in on the gospel soul singer Naomi Shelton. I am so in love with interviewing musicians. Now I have to get back to writing that blend of personal/critical cultural essay that I really want to hone in on. I feel like there’s momentum.


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May 13
centuriespast:

BOUCHER, FrançoisMadame Boucher (?)1743Oil on canvas, 57 x 68 cmFrick Collection, New York

centuriespast:

BOUCHER, François
Madame Boucher (?)
1743
Oil on canvas, 57 x 68 cm
Frick Collection, New York


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I’ve just returned to this song and all of Kylie’s album, which I hadn’t listened to in a long time. 


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Apr 16

I think we all need a little Julee Cruise to get through this Mittwoch.


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Apr 12
I’ve used this suddenly summerish weather as an excuse to to wear strappy sequin goodness paired with this lovely spider necklace given to me for my birthday. Gonna let the breeze and sunshine in from all the open windows while I can considering the projected high of 45 and low of 26 for Monday.
I should mention I’m really excited to begin writing for Wondering Sound, which is the new editorial site for eMusic. My first interview for them was with White Hinterland, Casey Dienel’s musical project. I’m so honored that I’ve now interviewed her three times. We talked about empowerment through self-production, shedding the pathological people pleaser impulse to embrace alpha music lady and all about how she truly found her powerful voice for her new release, Baby. So much of what we discussed resonated, but I particularly love what she said when I asked her about shedding her self-professed “meekness:”

"On a lot of these songs, my voice is really expanding to fill the extremes of my dynamic range, and the main reason is that it feels really, really good to sing that way. Weirdly, the more you come out of your shell and stop pretending you’re something you’re not, more the doors open up to you.”

Read the entire interview here and watch for upcoming interviews with Haley Bonar and Craft Spells!

I’ve used this suddenly summerish weather as an excuse to to wear strappy sequin goodness paired with this lovely spider necklace given to me for my birthday. Gonna let the breeze and sunshine in from all the open windows while I can considering the projected high of 45 and low of 26 for Monday.

I should mention I’m really excited to begin writing for Wondering Sound, which is the new editorial site for eMusic. My first interview for them was with White Hinterland, Casey Dienel’s musical project. I’m so honored that I’ve now interviewed her three times. We talked about empowerment through self-production, shedding the pathological people pleaser impulse to embrace alpha music lady and all about how she truly found her powerful voice for her new release, Baby. So much of what we discussed resonated, but I particularly love what she said when I asked her about shedding her self-professed “meekness:”

"On a lot of these songs, my voice is really expanding to fill the extremes of my dynamic range, and the main reason is that it feels really, really good to sing that way. Weirdly, the more you come out of your shell and stop pretending you’re something you’re not, more the doors open up to you.”

Read the entire interview here and watch for upcoming interviews with Haley Bonar and Craft Spells!


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Apr 7

My mom always played this song for me, since I came in April. I always like to think the redbuds bloom for me. They’re now popping fuchsia against a brooding sky. All that joy and sorrow.


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