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Man, I’m excited for the US release of Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy:
Today we publish Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy—a long, illuminating interview with Will Oldham on everything from the way he understands his songs to meeting R. Kelly. To celebrate, we’ll be posting our favorite snippets from the book all week long.
The Paris Review has a great excerpt up.
On when songs are “finished”:
I think that a song, for the most part, is completed by the listening experience. It enters into people’s brains and mutates and then might get completed again—in their dreams, in mix tapes that they make, or in new listening experiences that they have. So it isn’t ever finished because there’s never going to be a definitive listening experience.
(cf. Brian Eno)
On audience and art vs. entertainment:
I feel the value of my work is determined very precisely by the audience. What does entertainment mean, anyway, and what’s the difference between that and art? I would say the main difference is that art isn’t necessarily funded by the consumer, but entertainment always is. In that way, entertainment is a million times more important to me than art, and being an entertainer is more important to me than being an artist.
…My absolute, purest particular taste would not be something that could be appreciated on a grand scale. It just wouldn’t. If I really made a record just to serve myself I would end up alone in a dark, wet room, you know? That’s not really where I want to be. That’s why it’s more important to me to make a record that serves itself and its audience well. A good record should involve my needs, the listeners’ needs, and the needs of the other people who worked on the record. If I manage that, I feel I’ve accomplished something.