Austin chanteuse Patty Griffin is known for her deeply introspective music, yet her new album, Children Running Through ( ATO), is joyous and fun.
You seem to change moods from album to album. Are you easily bored? Yeah, I can’t stand the songs anymore [laughs]. You get exhausted on the road and you end up repeating the set, so it gets to feel a little slutty. In the years since the war started, I’ve looked out at the faces in the audience and felt like I needed to have more material of my own that the audience could engage in with me. I’m really inspired by Willie Nelson; he picks these plums that everybody feels a part of.
You do seem liberated. When you get older, one of the great things is that you’re not cool anymore; there’s a lot of freedom in that. I’ve been reading Rumi, and I named the record after one of his poems:
I used to be shy, you made me sing
I used to refuse things at table, now I shout for more wine
In somber dignity, I used to sit on my mat and pray
Now children run through and make faces at me.
I think that’s pretty awesome.