I was living in New York City when Kristin’s album Sky Motel was released. I bought the CD at the Virgin Megastore, walked across the street to Union Square Park, and made sure the batteries in my Discman were fresh for repeated plays. As I sat on the bench in the park I was teleported somewhere new and unexpected. Her voice was both honed and delicate, the guitar chords warm and bright. I returned to Virgin Megastore and bought the remaining discography of Kristin’s solo work. Her Strings EP contains a song written by her father: “Uncle June and Aunt Kiyoti.” I hold Kristin’s work with the deepest reverence, yet her father’s song is the one I always return to.
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Inspired by Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh is an American singer, songwriter and author. While in high school, Hersh formed Throwing Muses in 1983 with stepsister Tanya Donelly and friends including Elaine Adamedes, Becca Blumen, Leslie Langston and David Narcizo. Hersh sang and wrote most of Throwing Muses’ songs in changing tempos, with Donelly composing and singing some of the songs as well.
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