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Paul is a native woman, queer, a feminist, and an artist — among many other things. All of these aspects of her existence are embedded in each song. That sense of place is not lost within the album either — the mysterious, longing of the Pacific Northwest looms throughout.
Her earliest influences came from singing and dancing at family powwows as well as the bootleg Nirvana and Hole VHS tapes she was given in her early youth. To listen to Mother of My Children is to feel all these stories coming together, the different parts of herself and her past. The album even captures the feeling of the Washington winter from which it was born. Each song on Mother Of My Children tells part of her remarkable, still unfurling story. Read her thoughts and listen to each song below. I recommend pairing the two as a running commentary, taking in her reflections and music together.
Like the way a feather gets roughed up in the wind yet still has the dainty nature to it. You may kill us, but our spirits live on in the generations of us that will protect and preserve this land we live on. We have and will always do this.
When I was about two blocks from my house, I spotted a Casio keyboard in a free box on the side of the road. I had always wanted a Casio but had never bought one. I picked the small keyboard up and brought it home. That night, I wrote this song sitting in my bed, figuring out all of the different sounds of the keyboard. I never intended to have songs with the main instrument being keys on the album, but this instance happened so serendipitously, that I decided to name it after the instrument that helped it come to life.
I intended for this song to be sort of like a lullaby.
I wanted it to feel very sweet and sensual, hence a lot of atmospheric guitar and drum parts and whispery singing. I named the album Mother of My Children after someone who I thought would be the mother of my children. This song is about coming to terms with that not happening but still feeling strongly about that person. I wanted this song to be quiet and then build up with dynamics at the end to have a big momentous part.
The guitar is really only playing two chords in this song, but all of the other parts of the song wake up to help the two chords along. The song has two parts.
Part two is more metaphorical and about the feeling of loss and disappointment. The beginning of this song is supposed to be this huge sound, like trees falling in a rainstorm. The song is about not feeling yourself in total anguish. That feeling like you are ripped from your body, your mind. The only thing that you can do is sing a little poem to try and get back to normalcy. One day when I was napping, I fell into a dream where I saw myself on a coast, driving in a red truck with someone.
This someone was my person.
I was, at the time, very lonely and not quite sure what love is and meant for me. The dream felt so real because I saw myself and I looked older and it felt more like a memory than a dream. A name even came to me: Sam. I sat after this dream and played guitar and this song came out of it. It was bare bones at the time and until later at the studio did it find its current and fuller state. Sam was my person, but it was still a dream. The Portland-based artist's new album recently re-released on Saddle Creek offers a singular perspective on the concept of losing things, whether it's an ideal or a person.
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