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You tweeted your questions to songwriter, mother and Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh, and we’ve collected her answers for you. Dig in.
AmerSongwriter: Do you still write “Doghouse songs,” or does the music come from somewhere else? (@Rpr9999)
KristinHersh: Doghouse was my term for “songs on fire”, so yes they still come, but the apartment doesn’t get the blame.
AmerSongwriter: Where’s the @50footwave stuff you recorded this year? How do you decide to do something w 50 vs Muses vs solo? (@Khier)
KristinHersh: We’re doing more 50footwave recording to add to the “Men’s Room” stuff…should be out later this year and different guitars seem to give me songs for each band/entity.
AmerSongwriter: What are your favorite throwing muses songs to play? (@NoveltyGirl)
KristinHersh: Favorite Muses songs for me to play? Limbo, Start, Furious, Soul Soldier
AmerSongwriter: You said your music writes itself- can you listen & just think, “Wow, that song’s effing good”? (@Eggmailmini)
KristinHersh: The songs DO write themselves…so yeah, but sometimes I listen and think, “that effin’ sucks”.
AmerSongwriter: What’s one song by someone else you wish you’d written? (@mtthwdyr)
KristinHersh: I wish i’d written Myrtle, by Vic Chesnutt.
AmerSongwriter: You’ve said your songs usually write themselves. They seem to hate summer–is it you who hates summer, or the songs? (@EthicalPaul)
KristinHersh: A song comes to *me* because it has points of reference in *my* life…so we both hate summer.
AmerSongwriter: Do you think your current mood affects the way the songs turn out? (@ch33sl3y)
KristinHersh: Yeah, unfortunately my mood *can* affect the songs…i think i’ve made some terrible mistakes that way.
AmerSongwriter: You’ve been writing fantastic music for 25 years. How has your writing process changed? (@LandOfDawns)
KristinHersh: I think my songwriting *has* changed – i think i edit more and censor less.
AmerSongwriter: What’s one song you’ve written that you’d like to hear someone else cover? Who would cover it? (@mtthwdyr)
KristinHersh: I’d like to hear The Monkees cover Summer Salt – can you make that happen?
AmerSongwriter: We’ll work on it! What would you say to aspiring songwriters in terms of advice? (@Steverydz)
KristinHersh: Advice for songwriters? Don’t lie, don’t be clever…just listen.