Go Long by Joanna Newsom

18Oct12

What a woman does is open doors
And it is not a question of locking or unlocking

Getting older is backing yourself into corners with music you are already in love with, instead of bothering to listen to anything new.

@eljbrown told me that Go Long is based on the Bluebeard myth, and I came across this article comparing Newsom’s take on Bluebeard with Angela Carter’s version (The Bloody Chamber). She compares their strange use of language, the degrees of menace in their representations of Bluebeard, the way the solitude and violence of men is shown as grandeur versus the forced curiosity of women, left at home to wander the house and discover the “terrible room”.

With the loneliness of you mighty men
With your jaws, and fists, and guitars and pens

I love that, somewhere in America, a girl is writing an article on this topic.

(The article is from a Tumblr blog called All The Birds , a “feminist blog about songwriter Joanna Newsom and the music she creates.” )

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