Creative Loafing: Red = Luck, your most recent album, came out a couple of years ago; what have you been up to since then?
Larkin: Well, I have a daughter now. I adopted a little girl a couple of years ago. She's at day care right now. I don't talk about her a lot, because that's personal. But it's a brave new world here.
Has the experience changed your songwriting?
I haven't been doing a lot, so I guess it's changed the writing in that I haven't had a lot of time, but we're starting to get the schedule down, so it should be interesting. I'm sure [parenthood] will work its way in somewhere along the way, probably fictional. I've been getting up really early, playing guitar for an hour or so. I've always heard about people doing that and now finally I do. It's hard, with the lifestyle, you know, to stay up late and then get up early. But I've been working on an instrumental that's gonna be part of a compilation of women guitarists, for my next project, La Guitara. And that has to be done in a month or so, and that's basically what I'm doing, just trying to get my chops back.
There are a lot of great female guitarists around.
Yes! Everybody knows about Bonnie Raitt and Joan Jett, but there's just so many guitarists out there. The hardest part of this project is trying to choose 12. There are just so many different styles and great players. Part of the proceeds are gonna go to music education and I want to do a little bit of archival stuff so we can get a little bit of the history of women's contribution to the instrument in there.
You've been recording at home since '97. Is it hard to stay focused in Cape Cod?
You have to block out the time. And I think you actually work harder that way: work later, get up earlier. Fifty percent of my town is a national park, so I'm really lucky. I can walk and see beautiful ponds. I lived in Boston for years and I'm the kind of person who is not likely to drive two hours for a one-hour walk, so I decided to come here so when I'm here, it's very relaxing and also very refreshing.
That had to change the dynamic of the writing process, too.
It did. I usually am the kind of writer where I do a song or two a month. But with this one, it came in a couple of huge writing spurts, because it was concentrated. The kind of music I've played throughout the years has been very much acoustic-based, and then there was a change that came about in my listening and writing. I decided that I'm not gonna just listen to singer/songwriters, I'm gonna listen to everything that sounds interesting. And that changed my writing for the most part. When we made the first album here, I kept going, 'Well, what would Beck do? Would he use that broken microphone? Yes, he would.' So I became inspired by everything around me.
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