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Joanna Newsom Talks ‘Divers,’ Kendrick Lamar, & Teaches Larry to Play the Harp

Larry King NowDec 14 '15

A year after he claimed there was no famous living harpist, Larry eats his words with the world's most famous harpist. Joanna Newsom digs into her lyrics, her new album, & why you won’t find her on Spotify – and treats Larry to his first ever harp lesson!


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Dec 14th 2015:

"There's a huge range of color and style that the harp is capable of outside of the sort of classical tradition."

"I don't like to ever say what the songs mean."- On her song lyrics

"It's sort describing the narrators or lead protagonist or subject of all of the songs.There's some character in each song that is engaged in some version of diving, falling or diving a plane, diving through water, falling through space."- On the meaning of her album title, Divers

"The harp is interesting because I think there is no limit to the extent to which you can improve abilities, but it's almost immediately- You'll see later, but it sounds great kind of the first moment you pluck a string, even if you've never played the harp before.So it's very easy to create pleasing sounds on the harp and it's as hard as you want to make it to become good at it."

"Spotify as a business model is not good.It's based on the idea of circumventing the payment of artists."

"I'm not opposed to streaming.I understand that the world is shifting and the way that music is valued and monetized is shifting and I'm okay with that.And I'm even okay with people not paying for music.Or paying for, let's say someone wants to buy physical media, someone wants to buy a record, but they would also like the option to stream my album at work or something, I'm fine with that.I just wish there was a better way to do it that didn't only pay a company."

"The artist gets sort of screwed. They're making royalties, but there's a lot of different ways to justify costs..."- On how the musicians still might not get paid by record labels from royalties paid by streaming services

"I think many of the people among whom harp is popular are going to harp music for maybe different reasons than the reasons they might come to my music.It's not necessarily soothing or relaxing."

"I am the only one in my family who has no aptitude for math or science at all."

"He's my favorite person in the world.He's the person I would most want to hang out with at any given moment."- On husband Andy Samberg

"I think I'm a lot less serious than people assume."- On what people may not know about her