Hello, Loretta

random glimpses of Ms. Henriksen's brain

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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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. 

                                                      ***

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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