Hello, Loretta

random glimpses of Ms. Henriksen's brain

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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Feb 16
I started the morning out with coffee and a soak in the hot tub. I recommend it. As I walked to meet a friend I’ve had for more than 20 years for brunch I spotted a woodpecker with a bright red head and zig zag patterned back. Glorious. The temps in the 50s, sunny, there are still patches of snow melting away. The crepe I ate had caramelized onions and kale in it. Mmmmmmm. Off to write an artist statement about the pecan maple rye pie I baked for a contest, plus writing an essay about when I traveled through the South solo for Rough Guides and in a bit, Music Together class with my daughter and mom. Packed Sunday, good Sunday. 
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Friday night I headed to Tulsa with a rad crew to see one of my oldest friends in the world perform as the French horn player for Neutral Milk Hotel at historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. He took us back to the green room — which turned out to be a separate building complete with ping pong, billiards and foosball! After the show we went to a cozy joint where we snacked on spicy mac and cheese, bacon popcorn, deviled eggs, flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding. A song Neutral Milk Hotel had just played earlier at the show suddenly came on the speakers and we all laughed. 
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Did I ever tell you how much my daughter loves Thai food? Tofu in sweet curries has always been one of her favorite eats. Yesterday we went out for a family dinner of shared plates of pad see ew and massaman. So nice. Then I baked a pie and listened to the new Water Liars, which has become my go-to to get my weep jams on! Night ended sipping wine with friends in a downtown apartment.
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Oh, and yes, I’m totally that girl who likes to wear loud tights. I was described thusly even. I’m not ashamed. 

I started the morning out with coffee and a soak in the hot tub. I recommend it. As I walked to meet a friend I’ve had for more than 20 years for brunch I spotted a woodpecker with a bright red head and zig zag patterned back. Glorious. The temps in the 50s, sunny, there are still patches of snow melting away. The crepe I ate had caramelized onions and kale in it. Mmmmmmm. Off to write an artist statement about the pecan maple rye pie I baked for a contest, plus writing an essay about when I traveled through the South solo for Rough Guides and in a bit, Music Together class with my daughter and mom. Packed Sunday, good Sunday. 

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Friday night I headed to Tulsa with a rad crew to see one of my oldest friends in the world perform as the French horn player for Neutral Milk Hotel at historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. He took us back to the green room — which turned out to be a separate building complete with ping pong, billiards and foosball! After the show we went to a cozy joint where we snacked on spicy mac and cheese, bacon popcorn, deviled eggs, flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding. A song Neutral Milk Hotel had just played earlier at the show suddenly came on the speakers and we all laughed. 

                                                      ***

Did I ever tell you how much my daughter loves Thai food? Tofu in sweet curries has always been one of her favorite eats. Yesterday we went out for a family dinner of shared plates of pad see ew and massaman. So nice. Then I baked a pie and listened to the new Water Liars, which has become my go-to to get my weep jams on! Night ended sipping wine with friends in a downtown apartment.

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Oh, and yes, I’m totally that girl who likes to wear loud tights. I was described thusly even. I’m not ashamed. 


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Jan 28

Still my fave Ryan Adams song, hands down. I will say that Heartbreaker was his only solo album I ever loved. Takes me back to my college radio dj days every time.


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Jan 21

I’m incredibly honored that I’ve been able to talk to Casey Dienel beginning with her first release as White Hinterland {sadly that link no longer exists as it was published at the now defunct Venus Zine} and then again for the Brooklyn Rail when she released Kairos. I can’t wait to go deep with her about the forthcoming release Baby, dropping April 1. It’s a stunner. Here’s the first video to get everyone excited.


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Jan 16
My new mixtape, “The Strangeness of Rain”- nearly two hours of music that gets me in the gut - is finished. Let me know if you want to hear it.

My new mixtape, “The Strangeness of Rain”- nearly two hours of music that gets me in the gut - is finished. Let me know if you want to hear it.


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Jan 13
“I worked at McDonald’s and I spent the money I earned at McDonald’s to get my abortion. I was only fifteen and the person who got me pregnant did not want to give me any money. I was $40 short, so I had my drug dealer call him and threaten him, so he gave me the last $40.

I really credit it as something that changed my life because I got a job, I took care of my business, and I moved on. And I’m not one of those people who’d have looked back and been like, Oh, that kid would be 30 right now… I don’t think, Oh, I really regret it… Maybe that’s a fucked-up thing to say but, I don’t regret it at all, number one, and number two, it was one of the best things that happened to me. Not actually being on the table and having it done, but feeling like I was responsible for my own life and realizing that when I made mistakes, there were consequences and that I could take care of those consequences. I could make mistakes and I could fix them. And live with them.”

The Rumpus Interview with Kathleen Hanna

(via therumpus)

My Kathleen Hanna interview continues to receive a lot of traction. I’m amazed in all the topics we managed to cover in a mere 20 minutes.

(via therumpus)


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Returning to old dear albums is always so comforting. Natalie Merchant’s debut Tigerlily is exactly such an album. Released in the summer of 1995 it provided a soundtrack to much of my senior year in high school. I remember a vintage leather handbag with a butterfly painted on it and my sister and I practicing from the songbook, which we owned. The music worked so well for the combination of piano, which my sister played, and vocals, which I would sing despite Merchant’s range being a bit lower than mine. “San Andreas Fault” opens the album and I’ve found it looping in my brain as the polar vortex came and went here in the Arkansas Ozarks.


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Jan 7
“It’s been really tough, because I’ve had to face the good, the bad, and ugly, and I don’t really feel the need to reconcile who I was then with who I am now, because I just kind of am who I am now, and I like who I am now, and I like what I’m doing now much better, and I like who I’m hanging out with now in my life. They’re the people who I should be with, and I feel really confident in my friendships and my support network. So, since I’m happy, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how I’m perceived. I spend more time thinking about making the work I want to make. I’m less nervous about letting myself just make work and see where it takes me than I was ever before. Most of my work in the past has been, What does the audience need?”

Kathleen Hanna in my interview with her up now at The Rumpus.

http://therumpus.net/2014/01/the-rumpus-interview-with-kathleen-hanna/


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Jan 2
Happy Rad New Year, dears!

Happy Rad New Year, dears!


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