"I dye half of my hair. I like the silver at the front, but I missed the red so I compromised."
Also, Neko plays an SG, which, in the hands of a woman translates to: “don’t f**k with me.” Sister Rosetta Tharpe did too.
Also am I the only one that wants to organize this damn belated 50th party?! There must be a beat the shit out of the patriarchy piñata tho 🪅 House rules.
I listen to Neko Case, Aimee Mann, and Brandi Carlile every day, and it does wonders for keeping me whole.
I particularly appreciated this bit:
"I don’t have a particular aging idol but I have noticed that people with animals or a gardening habit often keep their activity higher and that is just so good for you and your body and your dog or horse or llama. People are meant to interact with the world, we aren’t just some blessed species for whom all else are secondary. We are healthiest when we are a part of the whole. We need and are needed by the earth, this reciprocity is crucial."
Yes! The older I get the more I realize that my life feels the most complete and satisfying when I'm just in the world in the simplest of ways-- working in the yard, walking in the woods, being with my kids or my partner just noodling around, petting my cat. Feeling like an integral part of a larger whole, which is the WORLD, rather than some conquering force or puppet master that's separate from everything.
Happy anniversary, Sari! And thank you, Neko!
Re perimenopause werewolf (would be an amazing song title) please know there’s a great website full of info about what it’s really like and interviews w people going through it and really interesting hot flash explainers and free yoga practices at www.WTFopause.com
This is an aspiration in my book too. “I am not yet an elder, but I sure hope to be a good one one day.” Neko Case
I love these conversations more and more. Thank you, Sari!
One for the ages. Every note of Blacklisted is permanently seared on my brain. If you get a chance to see Neko play live, DO NOT MISS IT.
I love her line about appreciating her body the way you would a beloved aging dog. I never thought of my body as a trusty companion. I will endeavor to do so.
This song means the world to me, as does all of her music -- "Guided by Wire"
"The voices that did comfort me
At furthest from my sanity
Come from places I had never seen
Even in my darkest recollection
There was someone singing my life back to me"
Holy crap, Neko Case!!!!! I've been a fan since Furnace Room Lullaby, which I got after reading some coverage and then going into my local record store and having them order it out of a paper catalogue.
I’m 48 and honestly feel like I’m aging in reverse. I look and feel better than I did when I was in my insecure 20s and 30s. I’m two years from empty nest and 50 and can’t wait to be even more youthful. I love the wisdom and the zero fucks about what anyone thinks of me. So liberating!
Lovely thoughts indeed! Thank you Sari for continuing to support us Older Rockers! Neko is such a gem. And hey, 58 (my age) is the new 28...but without all the late night partying and silly dramarama.
Old as a term of respect. Love it!
yessss...all of my favorite concerts have been Neko. I've raised three Neko fans as well (hearing my then 10, now 21 year old belting out "I love Giiiiirls in white leather jackets...." gave me such joy!). I'm about to turn 56 and I'm going to not call myself old this year and hope it sticks until I've earned it. That's a lovely point so thanks for getting us this interview, Sari!
For reasons I can’t explain, Neko has not been on my radar. Now I’m playing her music and have Hold On, Hold On stuck in my head. I love it.