A Conversation with Amy Correia
Puremusic: Hi Amy. This is Frank Goodman from Puremusic.com.
Amy Correia: Hi Frank.
PM: How you doing?
AC: I'm doing good. How are you?
PM: Good. You got a little time for me?
PM: Oh, good. It's raining like hell today in Nashville. What do you got up there?
AC: Oh, it's beautiful. It's like sixty-two degrees, sunny, a little wind. It's nice.
PM: So what are you doing today?
AC: I'm actually just hanging out. I have a show tonight in Boston with Richard Julian, he's a New York--
PM: Oh, he's a buddy of mine, sure.
AC: So yeah, he and Jim Campilongo and another singer/songwriter named Andrew Vladek and myself are on a bill.
PM: Oh, yeah, I know Campilongo, too. God, that's a cool bill. You got it going on, there. How are you getting to Boston, driving?
PM: Is Julian a good buddy of yours?
AC: Yeah, he is.
PM: So you know Mia, too?
AC: Yes, I do.
PM: She's a good friend of mine from Nashville. Typically, this conversation we're having grew out of another conversation I had with another mutual friend of ours, Rebecca Martin, just the other night.
AC: Yes, she told me that she saw you when she was in Nashville.
PM: We had a really good time. She speaks very highly of you.
AC: Well, she's a really wonderful friend. We've known each other for many years.
PM: I'd only ever interviewed her before, by phone, and I knew her music. And then when I got together with her and Bill DeMain, God, she's a wonderful girl. A very giving person.
So though they be very different, both of your records have this deeply ethereal quality, and yet in your voice I hear a really earthy person. Does that ethereal musical quality translate to a spiritual nature or inclination in yourself? Are you that way?
AC: I don't think so. I think I'm pretty earthy.
PM: I mean, there's some kind of ghosty or ghostly energy around a couple of those songs and some of the images connected with Lakeville, but that's more in an earthy kind of way, not a spiritual kind of way, is that right?
AC: I'm not sure what you mean.
PM: I think my real question is, are you a spiritual person?
AC: Oh, of course. I mean, a spiritual person--I think we're all ghosts walking around. I don't think there's any proof to the contrary.
PM: No, not in my world, there's not. I know the dogs I hang out with are always barking at things that I can't see.
PM: Along those lines, too, there's a very endearing anachronistic quality to your music. It really sounds like it's from another time. Based on the disposability of so much of today's music, that's kind of refreshing.
AC: Well, thanks. I don't know. I guess I feel that the ethereal quality of the record was really Mark Howard entirely, my engineer.
PM: Oh, really?
AC: Yeah. I mean, I never said, "Hey, Mark, can you make this sound ethereal?"
AC: That's kind of what he does. I think that the next album probably won't have that quality, but I think it was fitting for those songs. Maybe those songs do have more of an old-fashioned feel. I recorded them in different ways, and I did find that the way he recorded them fit them somehow. And I think that was partly because--as well as the ethereal kind of effects or whatever you want to call them--he just really let the record be a live record. I think that's more of the heart of what the record is really about, more than an ethereal thing.
He recorded a moment in time. We recorded the album in eight days, and that includes the mixing. We actually finished the whole album, literally, in eight days. So there wasn't a lot of fussing around with anything. And I think that's part of what makes it feel maybe of another time, because we recorded it the way I think records were made many years ago.
PM: I think there's a lot of truth to both of those things, that it was the way it was cut. Now, did the tunes, when they were going down live with the small group of people that were assembled in Paramour, did it have the feel that it has on the record, did it have that feel in the room?
AC: Oh, absolutely, because we could hear all of those effects. They were actually coming out of the speakers. We were all sitting in a big ballroom. He's got these enormous speakers, and all the music that he's mixing and recording is coming through the speakers as we're recording it.
PM: So all the speakers are going into the mics.
AC: But I sang into a [Shure SM] 58, which doesn't have a lot of bleed to it, so it really didn't pick up much. It wouldn't even pick up my guitar when I was playing along with it.
PM: So when he soloed your voice [played it back by itself], you wouldn't hear the speakers, you'd just hear what was going into the 58.
AC: Well, that's my understanding of what was happening. I was probably at least thirty feet away from them, it was a big room. continue