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Ask Heather a Question
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Ask Heather a Question!

This is an official thread initiated by Heather and Felix: "We want to let people ask Heather a question, any question. Heather will answer the most interesting ones in some video clips that will be put up on Youtube."

We will add the answers here as well, as we can embed Yoytube videos in postings.

So post your questions to Heather here in this thread please!

Posted on: 2010/1/25 22:24
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Dear Hearher,
It would be very interesting if you would record/ preform a few songs with a funk/ soul band (with horns).

I that something that you would like to do someday?
I play Baritone Saxophone in such a band, so that is why I wonder what it would be like if you recorded such songs.

George Michael recorded a CD "songs from the last century" that was a nice example of an artist who recorded some evergreens in his own way.

Please respond

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Dear Heather,

Considering you as my favourite artist, it is hard to find music as outstanding as yours

What do you think of these singer/ songwriters?


Leslie Feist "The limit to your love"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyifHsGAwnI

Marike Jager "Lover"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKrVFZbUdY

Sia Furler "Breath me"(starts at 0:40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9ncUQ-Vfjg&feature=related

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Dear Heather,

A very hard question, but to my opinion also a very interesting one;

If you could make a "best off album" from all of your songs.

What would be on it?

Posted on: 2010/1/25 23:51
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Hi Heather,,


What was it like performing on the Lilith Fair, and would you do it again, now that it's being formed again for an outting this year.

Dave

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Hi Heather,
Did you notice the Lilith Fair is alive again(http://www.lilithfair.com)?

Would you want to participate in that (or another similar) event?
Anderson

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Hi Heather,

What do you think you would be doing as a profession
if you wouldn't have been making music/singing?


take care, Rosalind

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Hi Heather,

Your last album was totally acoustic, will the next album be similar or will you use a full band?

Your fan
Mott

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Hello Heather,


It's perhaps indiscreet but, when you compose a song,

what there is, in first, in your head, melody? Lyrics?

Your fan.

Louis.

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Does Sebastian already show some musical talent?

Posted on: 2010/1/26 17:31
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When will you play in the United States (New York) ?
Are you touring at all in 2010 ?

"Doubled Up" was our wedding song in 1997...Hope to see you play soon.

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hi heather
hope everyones ok.i got to see you play once in cardiff
on the siren tour unforgetable nigt.we would love too see you back here againwhich got me wondering do you ever go out to any concerts?and if so which were the top five shows you seen.

too start you off mine would have too be

big country with the late great stuart adamson and the alarm supporting germany and uk

bruce springsteen glastonbury festival

catherne feeny brian wright tom mcrae bristol

the cure newzeland

meghan toohey with the saw doctors

and of course youre show in cardiff ifor bach

hope you and your family have agreat year
love and life
lyndon

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Welcome Dave (rockaddict), Rosalind (lilykonijn), timrd and Lyndon (longview) to the official Heather Nova forums!

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Dear Heather,

which was the most "perfect" concert (subjectively seen) you ever gave and why?

Posted on: 2010/1/27 4:16
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Dear Heather,
I guess I have several questions, hope that's okay.. ;)

-Which of your own [few] songs are you most proud of and why?

-What's the most personally emotional song you ever written or recorded?

-If you had to pick five of your own songs to take on an ipod to a deserted island, which would they be?

I have loved your music ever since it's come out, thank you for doing what you do- it's helped me deal with/go through many situations!
Edie

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Any chance of ever seeing you in australia again?

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crp71 wants to know:

What moves you, musically?

Thanks--

Christopher

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Hi Heather and thanks to share some of your time with us ,
i hope your next record will be totally rock with the huge guitar sounds i like...

- will you record your next tour for releasing another live dvd ? we need another one please !
- during 1996-2005 , we've seen a lot of live footage over the net from different tv recordings , is there any chance to see them released at any time ?
- now as a new decade is begining ,which are your favorite records of the last ten years ?

- as your approach is very visual ,could you be interested to write a complete soundtrack for a movie in the future
and especially with music only ?

- could you quote us a book or a poem that you would have liked to write ?

- a lot of fans consider Storm as one of your best record and one the most experimental you've done in term of production and it sold very well...would you like to do another one in the same way soon ?

- in a lot of interviews you 've quoted some artists like patti smith , Kate Bush and so on...but can you quote an artist than no one imagine that you could like him/her ?

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Hi,
Just one question:

What do you do, when you're in a bad mood ?

Peace
paul

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Hi Heather,
How did you find the multi-talented Arnulf Linder?
I really enjoyed you play together.

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What does this phrase I use in one of my songs congure in your mind "the sound of time"

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Quote:

Martin wrote:
Hi Heather,
How did you find the multi-talented Arnulf Linder?
I really enjoyed you play together.


Nice question and Arnulf is such a nice man!!!

Posted on: 2010/1/27 22:42
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First some words about music in internet times, and then some questions about this text at the end.

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It gets more and more difficult to actually sell records. File sharing is very popular.

On the one side, there are musicians like Lily Allen, who fights for more strict laws "protecting artists", and states like France (President Sarkozy's wife is an artist herself) have already implemented a "three-strikes rule", meaning people are kicked off the internet for some months when they are accused (not convinced!) for three violations on copyright on the internet. In the United Kingdom, such a law is planned and may be in force from 2011 on. In the United States, last year a woman who has shared 24 songs on some file sharing application, was found liable for "willfully infringing all 24 copyrights" and the jury awarded the labels damages totaling $1.92 million, that's $80.000 for each song (and all the money will went to lawyers and labels, but not to the musicians themselves, and of course this is much more money than this woman will ever earn in her complete life, so she won't be able to actually pay it ever). Those 24 songs weren't new or rare, the songs were mostly well-known songs from the 1990's everybody knew already, like "November Rain" from Guns N'Roses. In Germany, the performance rights organization has forced Youtube to take down many music videos since months, because the rights organization cannot come to a compromise with Youtube how much Youtube has to pay to the rights organization for each click. Weirdly, even many videos on the musician's official youtube channels cannot be seen since then, and the musicians cannot do anything against it, as it's a battle between Youtube and the rights organization. Many labels were experimenting with DRM (= digital rights management), but failed. So many things were done against "file sharers", but nothing really worked well. It seems like just too many people are practising file sharing and too less can be "caught".

On the other side, there are more and more musicians who see all the changes in the last 10-15 years as a challenge and especially they do not see the internet and the file sharers as enemies. For example Kristin Hersh, solo artist and a member of the band Throwing Muses, gives away since some years many of her songs for free under a Creative Commons licence, with asking people to send them to friends, to actively upload them to file sharing applications, to play the songs in public as often as possible, and it is even allowed and encouraged to remix the songs for free. She is also asking for donations, and although nobody is forced to pay, many people support her, and in the end, she has stated that she makes more money than before. (http://kristinhersh.cashmusic.org/) Many other artists like Trent Raznor, Jill Sobule, and Amanda Palmer also try out new music business models with lots of success. For full details how they and other musicians make money these days, look here: http://techdirt.com/articles/20091119/1634117011.shtml

Also, the internet also brings together people from all races and countries and they can listen now to much more music than before. It's not important anymore if an album was for example only be released in Europe, but not in America yet. The internet really has no boundaries anymore. If you are on Dutch TV playing songs, a few hours later the performance can already be seen world-wide. It's also not important anymore if an album is out of print, you can still find it somewhere on the internet. Fans are covering your songs and proudly upload the videos on Youtube. Each upcoming musicians can have a Myspace page and low cost, even unsigned bands can receive there lots of recognition nowadays, like first they get famous, and later they get signed, not the other way round. No need to go with demos from label to label to finally get signed somewhere, at still bad royalties. No need to go to expensive recording studios anymore, recording songs professionally seems to be easier and cheaper than before with the internet, the newest software and fast laptops. Maybe with the internet, album sales drop, but it's gotten much easier now to connect with fans and to reach them, and for people finding good music that they won't find otherwise, as music television almost plays no music videos anymore and many radio stations are often nothing else than "chart shows", so the internet gets the first choice to search for good music. Personally, I'm a huge fan of some bands now that I discovered on the internet actually, not on radio, tv, or magazines, and I got sometimes e-mail from friends with mp3's as attachments, where I listened to the mp3's and I liked it very much and I immediately legally bought the music afterwards, and without the internet, most likely I would have never ever got the chance to listen to these great music tracks.

You also are now on Twitter, Facebook, iLike, Myspace and you have an own Youtube channel. You have an official iPhone app. You sell your latest album online. You sell your concert recordings online. You also give away songs for free, like recently the Nobel Peace Remix for "Every Soldier Is A Mother's Son". You connect with fans on the internet (for example with the Papercup Contest, also you have asked for sending in song requests for the fall tour, now you ask for questions), and you have a very loyal fanbase there. You have recorded "The Jasmine Flower" at low cost on a "sun powered laptop". You have written "Welcome" with Dido, without ever seeing her, just with sending e-mails to each other. Since "Storm", you license your music to labels, and you now have the full artistic control over it. As far as I remember, you were quite shocked as you heard that the "South" CD got copy protection, as you weren't asked. For sure, as you had lived in London for more than ten years, you used lots of e-mail to connect with the people, family and friends you had on Bermuda. International phone calls got much cheaper since the internet (also very important when you parents live thousands of kilometres away!). You were one of the first musicians ever who had a fanpage on the internet (good old heathernova.org made by Ewout in 1995), you were also one of the first musicians who had own newsletters and a mailinglist for discussions.

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So my questions (of course you can mix them together as you want or only answer a few of them)
a) how important is the internet for you now, especially for you as a musician?
b) do you think the internet is a huge danger for musicians, or a chance, a challenge, an opportunity?
c) what do you think about more strict laws against file sharing, or about file sharing in general?
d) what do you think about Creative Commons licenses for musicians?
e) is touring more important for musicians nowadays, as albums sell less?
f) do you think that in 10-15 years there will still be record labels and still be albums and compact discs, or everything will be like iTunes, just paying and downloading single songs, not albums, and no need for record labels anymore?
g) when you read how Trent Raznor et al are making music nowadays, with his fans together, not against his fans (like not suing them for file sharing, but for example even encouraging them to bring cameras at concerts and uploading their best videos on his website, and he is making lots of money with his ideas), do you also got lots of new ideas how to connect with fans in 2010?

And two bonus questions:
h) What was your first thought as you heard that Ewout was making a fanpage about you on the so-called "internet" (still something very new for most people at that time, probably for you as well, back in 1995)?
i) And just curious, which from your albums sold best? I guess Oyster or Siren?

Posted on: 2010/1/28 2:23
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Hi Heather,

you've done some great covers from other artists in the past...

If you have to choose a new song to cover -- which will it be and why?

Love and peace.

Your fan Verena

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Dear Heather,

Enjoyed hearing your live tracks from your recent tour. Have you considered re-recording/re-working past songs in a stripped down version, and officially releasing them to purchase on your website? Also there is a U.S. tour in the works? Possibly Chicago? :)

Posted on: 2010/1/30 21:03
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Hello, Heather.

There is a good musical TV programme, on Arte, european

channel. It's "One Shot Not", presented by the drummer

Manu Katché. It's a frendly and original concept, and

who well received by critics.

Would you like to come to sing in this TV programme?

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I have been in your last concerts in London (Shepherd's and Union Chapel) and I have bought (mp3)12 concerts from your last tour. I collect your old concerts on DVD but now it is not possible to get your new concerts on DVD. You studied at a cinematography school, could you record your next concerts on DVD and sell them to your fans? It will be a fantastic souvenir....
Best wishes. Francisco (Zaragoza, Spain)

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In a small club venue, do you care if there are smokers in the audience?

Posted on: 2010/2/1 21:48
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Welcome EdieArt, Svedish_Chef, thomas, LondonWine and faganzol to the Heather Nova forums and thanks to everybody who welcomed our new members here! Should be more so who do!!!

Posted on: 2010/2/2 23:47
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Hi Heather,

You are from Bermuda. When you sing or talk, you sometimes sound american, but sometimes with some british intonations.
Is there a Bermudian accent?
Could you explain?

Cheers

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Hello dear Heather, I do admire all your albums you made during all the years and I would like to know if we could have next time another powerful electric hypnotising live album like 'Wonderlust' with songs such as my favourite of yours 'Make you Mine'. I saw the acoustic Jasmine Flower concert of yours, but missed to see you live during your earlier tours. Love you. Enrico.

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Hello Heather - I have adored you, and your music for 10 years now. Your music has touched my life more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for your beautiful music.

I was very lucky to see you play in the Netherlands in 2006. I traveled all the way from the US to see you, and it is a memory I will treasure forever.

I know this has probably already been asked (it's a popular question!), but when will you come to the US? I would love to see you play the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
It is one of my favorite venues, and would be perfect for you.

Please come?

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Welcome Enrico!

Posted on: 2010/2/3 7:27
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Dear Heather,

In the past you have sold some of your paintings/drawings on the internet (ebay).
That was a very nice way for fans to see more of your work and maybe buy something original.
Are you planning on selling more?

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My Question Is

Will You Play A Gig In Scotland Soon?

Thank You For Your Beautiful Music It Has Truly Inspired Me.

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Hi Heather

Hope that you are well.

I've been a fan of yours since I saw your performance on the 'White Room' on Channel 4 back when Oyster was released and your music has been a great source of enjoyment ever since.

My musical tastes were influenced in my teens by the late, great John Peel on Radio 1, so I listened to The Skids, killing Joke, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Blondie, all the Punk/New Wave stuff of the late 70's to mid 80's.
I consider my tastes to be pretty broad, but I always lean towards music with a rock/alternative feel.

What music did you listen to growing up and have your tastes changed very much as you've got older?

Also, and this can be a difficult question to answer, as it can depend on your feelings at the time, but what are your All-Time 5 favourite songs?

Finally, have you considered making an appearance on 'Later, with Jools Holland' ?

Take care of yourself

Much Love

Sparky

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Dear Heather,

what do you think about the idea to sing a song with Ben Taylor on your new album? He is a nice boy with a warm voice and he did a great job on tour last year.

All the best

Heinz

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hi Heather ,

another one that comes to my mind :

we know how you like to be connected with nature and i think the horse-human reliantionships is a good example of that kind of connection.
The working title of your last album was "dark horse heat" i think and there is a song called "ride" so i wonder if it's an activity that you like to do and if not something that you want to learn in the future.

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Hi Heather,

In the mid '90s UK media your name was always mentioned in the "female fronted musical revolution" that was deemed to be taking place alongside other artists such as PJ Harvey, Bjork, Tori Amos & Aimee Mann. Was this something you were aware of and if so did it feel like there was some sort of breakthrough happening? Did you ever ( or still do ) feel some sort of connection with those other artists that were named alongside you?

Thanks

David

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a) According to wikipedia, your mother is Canadian. Do you also feel "Canadian" in some way, like knowing and keeping some Canadian traditions you like very much?

b) Did you already give musical performances at your RISD time? If so, are there any gems recorded in your private archive that fans probably would like to hear?

c) Any chance for us to listen to "Drive Away" one day? You played it only very few times at concerts back in 2000 and you never released this song.

d) Is it true that you recorded "Norwegian Wood" and also songs with Pearl Lowe? If so, what happened with these songs?

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