Tuesday, July 23, 2013
All left turns: my Sonny Smith interview
Wow, that was quick. My Sonny Smith interview is up now at PopMatters.
All Left Turns: An Interview with Sonny and the Sunsets
By Jennifer Kelly 23 July 2013
“People are always asking, ‘When did you decide to write a country record?’ Or ‘When did you decide to write a new wave record?’” says Sonny Smith, the San Francisco-based songwriter, monologue-ist, and father of 100 imaginary bands. “That sounds really bland, you know? Like you’re just picking a genre on a map, or like you’re pinning the tail on the donkey.
“There’s always a misconception that we think of this stuff way beforehand, like a director who decides to make a Western,” he says. “I think you don’t know what you’re doing for a while, maybe until it’s about halfway made and then you see it. It reveals itself for what it is.”