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June 24, 2005

Petra Haden Speaks

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Regular readers will recall that Petra Haden was interviewed live on KCRW (89.9 FM), a Los Angeles radio station, last Sunday night at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

Some of us find that past our bedtimes, especially those of us on the East Coast of the U.S. and many other places in the world.

You're in luck: The station offers the show in its archives right here so if you're at all interested in learning more about this singular woman and her great album, "Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out," just click on the link and you're there.

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During the show you'll hear a number of tracks from the album, if you haven't had the good fortune to do so up to now.

One fascinating thing about hearing Petra Haden speak is that you would never in a million years believe she is the same person who voiced the album with such sublimity.

I found her amazingly critical of herself and her self–perceived failings.

She was very unhappy by what she felt was her poor rendering of the song "Sunrise"; I find it surpassingly beautiful and my favorite track on the album, from the first time I heard it.

Thomas Carlyle's epigram, "Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains," rings ever so true here.

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Don't forget, if you're in the LA area, that Petra performs her album live in its world premiere there on Friday, July 1.

June 24, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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