Joe W. in... The David Berman Interview

Q: Were you happy with American Water?

A: Yes. It lacked the tentativeness of so much music. I thought it was a man's record. That the other two were written by a manchild.

Q: At any point did you feel it was the last Silver Jews album?

A: Yes. I had lost interest in working in music. Partly, feeling sorry for myself that we didn't get the respect we deserved.

Q: Does being a poet help with songwriting or get in the way?

A: It's pretty much my only clear advantage point so i'll say it helps.

Q: Are any of your poems companions to songs?

A: No, not that I'm aware of.

Q: Is there still an 'actual air' hardcover in the works?

A: Supposedly.

Q: After a 3-year absence what brought you back to the Silver Jews?

A: On Feb. 1st I decided I needed some income so i very methodically sat down in the dining room and five days a week for three hours a day I wrote the record. 'Bright Flight',

Q: What is the story behind the title?

A: No story. Just when a plane breaks the clouds after takeoff and the sun is searing thru the cabin.

Q: How big an influence did living in Nashville have in the feel of this album?

A: Some. A lot. I don't know. I do know I love living here and would like to stay here.

Q: Will there be any touring to support this album?

A: Are you fucking kidding me?

Q: How does the prospect of another Silver Jews album sound?

A: Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

Q: I noticed you did some artwork for a national magazine recently, how did you land that job? And will we see more art from you?

A: Drag City wants to put out a book of drawings but fuck if I'm going to have everything written about me from now on use the term "renaissance man" I just wont have it!!

Q: What was the last good book you read?

A: Richard Yates Collected short fiction.

Q: Do you follow contemporary music closely? What are your top 5 albums of this year?

A: "I hope you dance" Lee Ann Womack single
parts of U2 album
les savy fav
US Maple 'acre thrills'
Jimmy Martin's greatest hits

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