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IN 1991 THE SONG
"DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR
LOVER" WAS A HIT FOR
SOPHIE B. HAWKINS, SELF-
MERRYN JOHNS SPOKE TO
HER ABOUT HER NEW
love them. It's funny because when I go out and perform I can be very gregarious. But the
minute I'm done signing autographs I just want to be quiet. I like talking to people if I really like
them and we have a meeting of the minds but I don't expect that and it's very rare.
M: You're a Scorpio. What qualities of that sign do you possess?
S: I think there's many types of Scorpios and some of them are very self-destr uctive. I have
those qualities too.
M: Wilderness features your paintings on the cover art.
S: You know what I love to do? I love to just turn on music and just paint. Especially after
I've been recording and writing a lot. Painting is the most sublime meditative state. I'm
really picking up on emotions through certain painters like Georgia O'Keeffe. And you
know the Dreaming, the aboriginal paintings? I have one on my piano.
M: What did you think of Australia when you were here?
S: I loved it. I could move to Australia. I loved Sydney especially because I spent more time
there. I mean I car ved my name in a tree in the park. I could take you there.
M: You also swam at the Boy Charlton pool.
S: You know that! That's true! I love to swim.
M: Are you coming back to Australia?
S: Absolutely. My record's come out, apparently we're making a deal and I'm really excited.
M: Many of your fans here lost track of you after your second album Whaler.
S: You're right and I really lamented that. Leaving [record company] Sony was such an
MERRYN: Wilderness is wonderful,
full of musical influences, and quite
different to your other albums.
SOPHIE: It is different. I didn't know
necessarily whether I was going to
put out these songs so it's very free.
I was just having fun writing and
recording them in my studio and I
drew on everything I loved.
M: There is a tone of celebration.
Have you come to a better place in
S: I think a more accepting place.
Because I've stopped struggling
against everything and really
accepted that this is the artist I
chose to be and wherever that takes
me is where I'm gonna go. I'm not
in a state of rebellion any more. It's
like being nine years old without
M: The documentary The Cream
Will Rise revealed many skeletons
in your family closet. You were
exorcising those demons in your
last album, Timbre.
S: That's why Timbre was so dark
and Wilderness is so happy. When I
finally went through it, it was kind
of like going through the darkest
woods. I am so happy to be out of
the woods and into the wilderness.
M: There's still an undercurrent.
"Sweetsexywoman" is full of driving
rhythms and the cheerful "Surfer
Girl" has real yearning in the high
notes. Are demons still lurking?
S: Absolutely. It's just that my
attitude towards them is different.
And you know what -- I don't
know what will happen tomorrow.
I think my perspective changes all
the time. Maybe the next album
will be more full of angst than I've
ever had. I don't know.
M: You said once you wanted to
live alone on a hill. Do you find it
hard to be with people?
S: YES! (Laughs) If I don't absolutely
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