Sharon Van Etten On How Music Changed Her Life

“I was pretty troubled for a long time. And I didn’t know that. As a kid, I never talked about my emotions. My mom gave me a journal, but I didn’t know what it meant. I just wrote all the time, not even thinking about it. But it also made me feel better. Then I started doing choir stuff and I would sing and it made me feel good but I didn’t know why. I had a really hard time being a serious person. In my day-to-day life, I was a comedian. I had my friends, but I was really shy. I’m one of five kids and we’re all goofballs. And while my family’s amazing, with five kids, there’s going to be some dissonance. There was a lot to grief growing up when I was young: Both of my grandparents on my mom’s side died when I was in 3rd grade and I saw my uncle breathe his last breaths in the hospital. But my dad’s side is Irish Catholic and that’s how we were brought up, too. You know, “If it hasn’t killed you, keep going.” I never learned how to talk about stuff because instead of talking, we would defuse intense situations by laughing and making jokes. But then I started writing and singing.” – Sharon Van Etten

Via Spin Magazine