Cat Power: The Singer Of The Song

[caption id="attachment_220829" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel[/caption] “There’s a lot of loss in these songs. There’s a lot of great fortune and light and love and wonder. But with all great love there is always great loss.” Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, is calling from her hotel room in Los Angeles. She’s just arrived from a trip to her hometown of Atlanta, where she attended a funeral for a close friend. She’s talking about a song called “Black,” which appears on her new album Wanderer and serves as a compassionate warning of sorts to those in danger of succumbing to their addiction. It’s a topic that hits close to home for Marshall, who says she has lost many friends to addiction since around the time she was 20 years old. “People who I have been close to who have lost their lives to addiction, they didn’t want to be told,” she says. “They need help and they don’t want the help. Then they do want it and it’s a cycle. That song ‘Black’ is a cycle of loss. It’s hard to explain to someone who’s playing with death any objective pain you might be having because…

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