Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Amy Lavere Talks About Sadness, MTV and St. Louis

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Was doing MTV's $5 Cover a good experience? What about for the other Memphis acts Craig Brewer showcased on the series?

Everyone I know that was involved in the process just wanted to be part of something together. Craig is a real leader. You couldn't say no to something so ambitious, and we all wanted to help him pull off his idea. For some of the musicians, it was cool to get some attention. For others, it was really humiliating, but we accomplished something as opposed to just talking about it. I'm proud of Craig and proud to have been a part of it. It did bring some unlikely artists together and created some lasting friendships.

Have you read Memphis writer Corey Mesler's poem 'Amy LaVere's Underwear,' an homage to $5 Cover's opening scene of you playing upright bass and writing a song in your underwear? Do you hate being asked about that scene?

Next question please.

Your lyrics are always clever, literate, and complex, even in your more mainstream stuff like "Never Been Sadder," a personal favorite of mine. I know you're an avid reader...how much does reading novels influence your writing?

Thank you. Yes, sometimes a line or a concept inspires me. Funny enough, a friend loaned me some health book called Primal Body last week--which is pretty hilarious--and it inspired a new tune called, "People Are Wild."

What do you love about coming to St. Louis?

The bartenders, Italian food, and the red bricks.

Best wishes for the tour, Amy!

Thank you so much. Hope to see you at the show!

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