even in our weird information-saturated world, there’s so much we don’t, and can’t, know, even about something as mundane as a company. the writer m. f. k. fisher said: “probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.” every company, until it breaks (i.e. gets…
“ ‘Holy shit, what am I going to say if I win?’ And I had this thought: Whenever I first had the idea for whatever Bon Iver is, it wasn’t supposed to be about me. If anything, it succeeds because I’m not making it about me. Some of the songs may be about personal trips, but the idea is to get something out there, out in front of you, so it can start to breathe on its own. How can I take credit for that? How can I not scoff at someone trying to give me credit for that? It’s not me trying to be humble or shy. It’s just not about me.”—Bon Iver’s Virgin Diaries: Inside the Grammy Neophyte’s Big Weekend | SPIN.com
luck, it must be said, is a loaded word. sometimes someone’s luck is nothing of their own doing, a result of the privilege of their birth. sometimes we mean luck in the purest way, the happenstance of sitting next to the right person on a bus. (this sort of luck seems practically mythical; one wonders if it ever happens.) but for many people, “luck” is something of their own making: they work hard, network, self-promote, and so on, and one day, they end up in the right place at the right time and catch their break. is that luck? not in the same way, and telling someone who has worked hard that their success is a result of luck is insulting.
Irish folk band the Chieftains have a new album, Voice of Ages, out February 21, on Hear Music/Concord. It features a collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who sings lead on a version of the traditional murder ballad “Down in the Willow Garden”.
Voice of Ages celebrates the the Chieftains’ 50 years of existence, and also includes collaborations with the Decemberists, the Low Anthem, the Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Lisa Hannigan, and more.