Cat Power: "Living Life Is the Greatest Inspiration for Me"
No, really. It was amazing, and I was wondering that when you're listening to music, if you're thinking, How can I make this my own?
They always say that -- "I love your cover of blah blah blah. How do you make it your own?" I don't know how to play guitar or piano; I just love playing it. So when I'm playing with these people, and I'm friends with a lot of them, and they know exactly how to play an Elliott Smith song, and I'm like, "How the fuck do you know how to do that?" they know exactly how to play Mick Taylor's part of a song. How the fuck do you know how to do that? I don't know how to do that. I'm not interested in doing that. I just like playing how I play because it's fun to learn and I'm really curious and I like to have fun with songs. It's an ongoing joke with myself.
The songs, the covers, are because I love the songs and I want to play it at that moment. If I could have a record player with me, I would bother people because I want to hear music all the time. My songs are only there because I want to play them at that moment. Anybody can do it. Anybody can pick up a piano or guitar and not know [how to play] a song they love.
What songs are you loving right now?
I don't like to tell people. It helps people's marketability. But my favorite record is from Miles Davis. I love that Frank Ocean Orange record, and I love that new -- what's his name? -- King Krule. I love him a lot.
Are there any artists you'd love to have cover some of your songs?
[Joking Australian accent] I'm in the hills, mate. [Back to her American accent] I'm under the trees. What were you saying? Are there any artists I'd like to work with?
Is there anyone out there you'd love to cover one of your songs?
Yes, as a matter of fact. I was hoping that Bob Dylan would cover "Maybe Not." I was hoping that Jay Z, with Kanye of course, would play "Peace and Love."
What's stopping them?
I don't know. Can you let me know?
Cat Power. With special guests. 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at Culture Room, 3040 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $28.50 plus fees. Call 954-564-1074, or visit cultureroom.net.
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