// Anna Cordell



Anna Cordell is a Melbourne singer-songwriter who spends her days with her 4 little girls, and any spare moment she has singing and writing music that is truly honest and soulful. Sounds like...Gillian welch, Simon and Garfunkle (especially when she teams up with Beth Cleary to form duo 'odette'), Joan Baez, Jeff Buckley, The Waifs.

Q&A, with singer/ songwriter, guitarist, pianist

Define your genre in five words or less:

Singer/ songwriter, folk/acoustic

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

As long as I can remember. I remember as a kid I used to walk around my grandparents garden where I grew up, daydreaming and coming up with little melodies in my head, before I could actually play anything. I think it was just in there. Along with my mother, my grandparents brought me up with a lot of the spirituality of their generation and there was a lot of song in that. My grandmother was a pianist, I had a beautiful violin playing great aunt who was a nun, another that played every size recorder, an uncle that basically had his guitar as his mouthpiece, another dedicated cellist, another played the piano so beautifully you had no choice but to have a bit if a cry! my family inspired me.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

Joan Baez. I feel like I have her personality- a bit of a split between increadibly idealistic and wanting to be perfect... but then someone who just loves fun a bit too much, and actually has quite a cranky untamed side that a bit hard to control, So the two are always having a bit of a battle! (I think that's where the music comes in) I'd tell her what an inspiration she was and that it bugs me that her generation don't get much of a go anymore- I bet they have so much wisdom to offer! I'd just love a good old yarn!

What are your favourite venues?

Weasly Anne! People are so open there, there is a mood of solidarity between musitions and the audience, and its such a beautiful place. Other than that my dream would be to have more and more private acoustic functions in peoples own intimate beautiful spaces. Music party!

What are your top 5 favourite albums?

I hate these questions- too much good music in the world! ok, In this moment, what comes to mind is... 1. Beethoven. Anything. 2. Midlake (the happier one) 3. I like this one becuase its one of my complete turn arounds... casey chambers 'rattl'n bones' I thought I hated her! 4. Paul Simon, (the africa one from the 80s) ... GRACELAND! that's it! 5. I think I'll go for... Something for Kate, any.

What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?

Ha! I don't get out much! My most memorable 'gigs' are watching inspiring videos of Joni Mitchell and the ladies of that generation on youtube!! Although I Turin Brakes recently and they were amazing!

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

Music first usually. Often all at the same time though, and often they're the best ones. My inspiration is usually emotionally based... I write when I feel something intensely, and often the song writing process reveals to me what I'm feeling and why. Sometimes it's quite a meditative thing, a lot of my song writing is wondering about God and the state of things, I do a lot of wondering about that!




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