“But I’m Good at Being Uncomfortable, So I Can’t Stop Changing All the Time”

We Stayed Right Across the Road“A lot of it comes from just an earnest desire to say something to somebody real that won’t allow me to say it to them in person or who hasn’t understood me properly. So, well, I just needed to have it said right, out there in the world, because maybe you don’t understand now, but I need the truth to be told.”
-Fiona Apple on writing songs on WTF with Marc Maron (episode 297)

Isn’t that why anyone writes anything? Love that quote. My love of Fiona’s music may make me a bit biased, but this interview is everything that keeps me listening to Marc Maron’s podcast. I found so much to relate to in their wide-ranging and occasionally deep discussion about art, performance, and life. I highly recommend listening, whether you’re a Fiona fan or not. Maybe you’ll become a Fiona fan.

Listening to the interview made me wonder if anyone posted videos they took at the concert I saw in Boston with Jen a couple weeks ago, and, of course, they have. Here’s my anthem, “Extraordinary Machine.” I was so excited that Fiona played that, but it was her performance of “Not About Love” that made me want to stand up on my chair and scream “I LOVE YOU FIONA!” the way that drunk girl in the balcony kept doing. (It takes that video about 30 seconds to get going, and then it’s about at the 2 minute and 40 second mark through to the end when the performance becomes sublime.) I love “Werewolf” off the new album. She did “Paper Bag,” too, but I can’t find a video from the concert I saw, which is just as well, I suppose. It can’t match being there.

Thursday’s WTF interview is going to be with John Oliver, so I feel like Marc’s doing People Adrienne’s Been Wanting Me to Interview Week. Thanks, Marc!


  1. Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    “Isn’t that why anyone writes anything?” –That is the FIRST THING I thought when I read that quote. So true. I don’t know her music well, but it sounds like a great interview.

  2. adrienne
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed it. I like that Marc’s been branching out from comedy to interview other types of artists, particularly musicians. He’s picked great ones so far.

  3. Jenmcmitchell
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Concert looked amazing!!
    I love that you can find video on the internets of a show that you were just at!
    I’m trying to talk my husband to going to see her in Albany in October. Although, I might just leave him at home if he can’t be convinced …

  4. adrienne
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I highly recommend seeing her live. It was an excellent show.

  5. Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Tech Boy has been into Fiona Apple for years – I am really getting into her music just now, and wonder what took me so long… And that is the BEST quote. I still have so much turmoil in my places/spaces that listening to a podcast seems impossible, but I am saving these up in my head, and will sit and listen when I am in a clean-well-lighted room of my own…

  6. adrienne
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Fiona’s music is particularly great for time when you’re feeling unsettled. She’s not about the calm but about enduring through struggles and being open to the world.

    I hope that clean, well-lighted room of your own gets settled soon!

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