Noah is a songwriter and member of the band, The Horse-Eyed Men with his brother, Dylan. They play original disgruntled Americana and country music. Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence R.I., their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and post-partum punk. Grave Country, their latest record, was recorded in Copenhagen on a grant from the Danish Arts Council in the summer of 2013.
In this episode, Noah discusses:
-How The Horse-Eyed Men came to be.
-The creative relationship he shares with his brother, Dylan.
-The role that humor and storytelling plays in his songs.
-How humor can often unlock things in people that you wouldn’t normally be able to tap into.
-The role that travel plays in his life.
-A strategy that he uses to help him to “shake up” his orientation and to see the world in different ways.
-Another trick that he uses to find new ways to explain the same thing.
-How all writing is is “ass in chair.”
-How creating a large piece of work should be taken piece by piece.
-How you can look back at the things you create and remember what mood you were in when you made it or what the weather was like on that day.
“For me, humor is a quick way to the heart.”
“Storytelling is an important element of my songs. I’m always looking where something begins, where it goes to, and where it ends.”
“You can really tell as a performer when you surprise someone and they are surprised by their own laughter.”
“Traveling can be a really good thing to open up different paths of thinking and different parts of yourself.”
“We’re just a weird combination of organic molecules and experiences and memories and the thing doesn’t last too long. And it’s mysterious. We don’t know where it comes from and we don’t know where it’s going.”
“It’s so easy to get tunnel vision and rely on a pattern that we had yesterday or the day before or the week before and not open up.”
“I think that with creativity, it’s a kind of muscle. It’s a practice. There are concrete small things you can do on a daily basis to open up that capacity within you.”
“Inspiration is like a candle that burns quickly.”
“All writing is is ass in chair.”
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