What music did your parents play to you on long car journeys and what are you choosing to listen to now?
My parents gave me a vast love and appreciation for all types of music. They threw everything at me from rock to pop to country to, you know, like fifteenth-century lute music, you name it, they pretty much threw everything at me. But I would say that the main two ones that they threw at me were rock music. Then of course, being from Texas, was country music. Those are the two that I connected with the most, especially nowadays.
Can you remember the first song you ever wrote?
I remember the first song I ever wrote. It was like a play off of the ABCs, I was five years old. And I was like, I’m gonna write a song about the ABCs, but it’s not going to be the ABCs, it’s going to be different. I think I tried to relate it to like friendships, but I never ended up finishing the song.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever written a song about?
I do some writing exercises, just to keep my mind fresh, and find different ways to spin things. So I’ll find any inanimate object in a room or just where I’m at and write a song about it. It could be a stick, it could be a rock, it could be this candle. There’s a song by Hardy called ‘About a Rock’ but he spins it into so many different things, I think one of them is like, the church and like God and stuff, he spins the rock into a ring – put a rock on her finger. There’s so many different ways to spin things, so I do like those little songwriting exercises like that.
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Zoe Hodges, Editor