The Artists

Miriam Elhajli

April 23rd, 2013

Heritage Folk • New York City, NY, USA •

“I am simply an accumulation of pinkie toes, skin, teeth, curly hair, and bones.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: Lyrics to this song were the culmination of nonsensical ramblings that only make any sort of sense after a lot of time, like most songs. The lyrics came to me as I was sitting in the back of a 11”11 Peter Pan bus heading from Newport to Boston. I am not the type to sit down at a desk and tell myself “I should write a song now”. I can sense when my hand is itching to tell a story, and when its time, it comes out quite fast and surprisingly natural.

The last idea of this song states, “There is a choice that I will have to make, will I have peace or war in my mind today.” That sentence, in my opinion, is what the song is all about; the mental struggle of making choices.

Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: I want them to understand whatever they choose to from this song. Music is all about interpretation.

Q: How can people support you further?
A: Listening to my work and hopefully enjoying it would make my day, even possibly my career. It’s all about the little things.

Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: Folk music (which in essence means “The people’s music”) to me has always been about passing along the stories, music, joy, knowledge and inspiration from those of the past and the present. I don’t understand why musicians are glorified and put on a pedestal. Attaining fame is not the purpose of music. I want others to understand that music is a language that everyone speaks. How else can you sit in a room full of people who speak obscure tongues and all understand each other? Through music of course.

Every war, rally, strike or fight has occurred because of the longing to attain freedom, and if music represents temporary freedom as I believe it to be, then play on.

Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: Man, I really dislike genres because it has a tendency to pigeonhole. I make music, good and bad music, but music all the same.

If I must consider it to fall within a genre I would say folk because folk music prides simplicity and the strength of the community rather than the individual. In an age of oversharing, folk’s appeal of “bringing it back to the roots” and living organically has drawn many in (myself included).

Featured image (above) photographed by Farida Amar for Unraveled during the Unraveled Launch event at The Good Life in Boston on 5/11/13.

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