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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSaturday december 18, 1999 stars and stripes to Page 19 melodic new strains from songstress of pain by Tom Moon Knight Ridder newspapers he mystery of the creative impulse explained by Fiona Apple you get hungry you eat. You get overwhelmed you write a the Walfish 22-year-old Singer and songwriter has had lots to be overwhelmed by in her Short time on the planet. Her parents divorced when she was 4. She was raped at age 12. Before she turned 19, she had to learn How to handle the slings and arrows of Fame. To each assault her response was the same to write out her pain using music As a form of therapy. What happened was i did t really have any place to turn Apple explains of her childhood in Manhattan. She s sitting in the Midtown office of her publicity agent wearing a fashionably frumpy Black coat and Low Cut top her electric Blue eyes Radiant with out makeup. She s struggling to pinpoint when she realized that music and poetry could be her lifeline and As she rehashes the events of her tumultuous youth you re reminded of an Aldous Huxley aphorism experience is not what happens to you it is what you do with what happens to i can remember coming Home from school singing and not because i was Happy. I was actually pretty unhappy. It was just my Way of dealing with things. Music became a place to put whatever anger or frustration. It s very selfish i m doing this for myself the los Angeles resident has ostensibly returned to her Home town to promote her second album which arrived bearing a 90-word title that sounds like an affirmation in the latest self help Book when the Pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a King what he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight and hell win the whole thing Tore he enters the ring there s no body to Batter when your mind is your might so when you go so of you hold your own hand and remember that depth is the greatest of Heights and if you know where you stand than you know where to land and if you fall it won t matter cuz you la know that you re right. But it s quickly apparent that Apple is on a bigger Mission having Given Way too much of herself the first time around she wants to de sensationalize her biography to change the focus from her Well documented emotional torments to their musical manifestations songs of shattered love and other romantic obsessions that turn on Blunt declarations such As please excuse me for my distance pain is evident in my in a lot of the interviews people just kept telling me what they thought of me instead of asking me about the songs Apple says of the Media wave Chris Puzzello the associated press Fiona Apple performs at the annual Kroc almost acoustic Christmas concert dec. 11 at the Pond of Ana Heim Calif. Apple was part of a huge roster of alternative Rock acts performing at the concert including Oasis Beck and the Foo fighters. That accompanied her 1996 debut tidal which has sold More than 3 million copies in the United states. They focused on the dramatic stuff and i just shut Down. I became the perfect girl to make a terror child out those press accounts latched onto life experiences Apple willingly made Public. One anecdote concerned an offhand remark she made when she was 11, about killing herself and her older sister. It was overheard by a teacher who pressured Apple into psychotherapy. Now i need therapy because they forced it on me before she volunteered to an interviewer. The next year Apple has said she was raped by a stranger in her building an incident she chose to reveal because she wanted to diminish the stigma associated with being a sex crime victim. Her trauma found its Way into exactly one verse of .one.song, sullen girl but Becaj be. The defining event in her Media Hal Vintz Rivell a Fly ton Milf a of Hal Wplf theold Vilig gov Tel Way Jiuu i11uu1 us 11ci&cii Pic first time around she wants to de sensationalize her biography to change the focus. To their musical manifestations. Dossier. As these anecdotes coalesced Apple grew into a cartoon figure. The target of derision about dam aged self obsessed artists. The last Straw she says was a spin cover Story in the fall of 1997 that characterized her As a narcissistic drama Queen. They just made this horrible person and put my name on problem is i m so so Sensi Tive. And i read that stuff and i hurts even though i know that it s the following month when she saw letters from readers that continued the attack she scribes touring As a meal to meal Chal Lenge. I sat Down and wrote this poem which became the title of the new album in just a furious minute. It s not my Best piece of writ ing or anything but i was think ing that when it came time to record an album it would be useful for me to remember this. It was another instance of writ ing something to help lost in the various uproar was serious examination of Apple s music. She found herself lumped in with wounded women like Tori and angry girls like alanis and hailed As part of the lilith generation but rarely appreciated for what was evident on tidal and inescapable on when the Pawn. Work that she possesses a musical sophistication far beyond her years. Unlike Many of her generation verses spelled by contrasting Bridge sections. With French horns and strings vibraphone and percussion she creates Lush atmospheres Over which she layers a soldering predatory Alto that harks Back to the Torch songs of Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Her piano based ballads evoke the son Craft of Laura Nero but with a penchant for relentless self examination and an exceedingly flexible sense of Melody. Apple did t Start out trying to sound like anybody. From her youngest Days she says she s been obsessively wary about being influenced. I be always been very conscious of parenting myself says Apple who lived most of the time with her dancer Mother Diane Mcafee on the upper West Side and spent Summers with her father actor Brandon Maggart in los Angeles. She rejected formal lessons almost immediately after taking up the piano and Heuan her " n investigation of Jax standards by working with the real Book a massive songbook used by professional musicians. She taught herself Harmony by looking at the Book s guitar tablature and pieced together arrangements of standards such As Angel eyes by improvising until she had her own Only after she was confident she d developed a unique approach did Apple seek out a recorded version. I did t want to be trapped by a style. I did t want to listen to too Many other people. The whole idea about music is to develop your own instincts which is hard when the culture is telling you to sound a certain Way and think a certain Apple s drive paid off Early. While still in High school she made a tape of three songs that landed in the hands of Veteran music Industry publicist Kathryn Schenker through a Babysitter. Within months she had a con tract with the Sony distributed work group and was working with producer Andrew Slater the wallflowers on tidal though the album had a slow Start its Iii try ballads and Pieliv " mtg in k s. I Nunal and a in snapped. I was on the bus just minding Apple is comfortable with the my own business. I pick up the devices of the great tin pan new spin and i did t expect Alley songwriters. Her . says ,., elaborate Chon Apple a strict vegan who de sequences with sharply i turned Home on the radio Apple toured like a trouper visiting most Urban Market four or five times and doing whatever was asked of me " the result though she proved to herself that she i just ," As she d always been told her per Sona life disintegrated. She credits her Boyfriend Bou Yoc nights director haul Thomas Anderson with helping her to restore balance we re both into control. We seem to inspire each that new found stability is evident throughout when the Pawn which finds Apple Chan Eling the raw anger and victim venom of her debut into More Subtle realms tightly wound tangos and pieces that Combine a Galu Phing Backbeat with Melo Dies and counter lines straight out of musical Theair

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