Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Biography

Author Profession: US Musician
Born: February 26, 1981
Age: 35 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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I hate putting negative energy out into the world. But it's either inside or out. I mean, it's either get an ulcer or have a fight.

Everything will be okay. I have a sticker on my laptop that says that.

The only thing that's helped me get through some really hard times was just being able to write and express - it's very cathartic for me. I'm hoping that, by writing and performing for other people, it affects them the same way.

I don't want to bury anything in poetry.

I have this red cardigan that my friend Coco gave me that has holes for thumbs. It's my cozy sweater. I wear it a lot.

I love being domestic: making coffee, just putting on a record, and just sitting, not doing anything. It's so great.

I try to focus on the melodies and try to make everything else minimal. The melody and the lyrics are most important to me.

I'm getting bored performing the same songs over and over. Songwriting comes and goes.

I'm trying to learn how to cook.

I have a day job Monday to Friday. I work at a record label in Brooklyn called Ba Da Bing. It's a great indie label and I listen to music all day. I meet people online and find out about the cool new music blogs.

Moving to New York City and doing what I do, social anxiety is a really ridiculous kind of curse to have. But I met people along the way who deal with it - performers as well - and they are learning to deal with it daily and deal with it in different ways.

My mom used to ask me when I was gonna write a happy song. I still tell her that it's when I start to write really happy-sounding songs that everyone needs to start worrying.

One day when I have a band I will have a band name, but since it's just me I feel it should just be my name. For me it doesn't make much sense since the music is from me and about me. I haven't ever been in a band.

Honestly, live is my favorite way of performing. Every show is a completely different energy.

I guess I usually write when I'm in a really intense headspace, because it's my form of self-therapy.

I'm really out of touch with myself emotionally. I've always had a hard time talking about how I feel.

I'm still learning how to be comfortable touring. I haven't found that balance yet.

I've always been really shy. I was always afraid of any kind of confrontation.

I think there are times in a lot of people's pasts where they've unintentionally fallen in love with really damaged people. You go out with someone who's a mess so you can feel less of a mess.

Writing songs helped me figure out how to communicate with other people. I finally figured out that if I could express something in a song, I could probably express it in my real life, too.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

If I gave you any thought I probably would. Peter Lorre

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

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