This week’s featured song is ‘Sailors’ by Luca; an acoustic singer-songwriter from New York City. Taking inspiration from partly from dreams and partly from the personal experiences of a friend, ‘Sailors’ is a melancholic song about the war between old love and new love.
Luca caught up with 20GreatSongs to discuss her inspiration and experiences so far:
How long have you been playing the guitar and writing songs?
I remember writing my first song when i was ten. my parents were both musicians so we always had guitars lying around the house. My first musical obsession was the violin but I picked up guitar now and then as well.
Is most of what you perform original material or do you do covers as well?
I used to sing a lot of jazz and cover stuff when I lived in California but it’s all originals these days.
Where do you get your inspiration to write? And what inspired ‘Sailors’?
A lot of what I write comes from dreams. Sailors was half dream and half I was watching a friend about to throw a lot of beautiful things in his life away…this tells that story and is a sort of begging to reconsider.
Out of all of the songs you have written so far, do you have a favourite?
The newest one usually! Right now ‘Sleepers.’
[You can listen to ‘Sleepers’ on Soundcloud here]
Who are your favourite artists of all time?
Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen.
Most unusual situation you have ever found yourself in?
I was in an elevator with my blonde tan hot athletic looking ex in Hawaii. A bunch of girls from another country got on who didn’t speak English and all started pointing at him and screaming DAVID BECKHAM DAAAAAAVID BECKHAAAAM!!!!! They were pulling out paper and pens for autographs by the time we escaped. You don’t quickly forget the sound of ten girls screaming in very small enclosed spaces.
What are you working on at the moment?
My first album! Everything out so far is acoustic demos, if you listen hard enough you’ll hear the nyc sirens and traffic in the background…this new album should be ready in the next few months.
I’m always blogging new songs and poetry as well, thegreatpower.wordpress.com
What advice would you give to other singer songwriters?
Write every day. Make it more human. Give them stories.
Also, the wise Franz Kafka said, ‘don’t bend, don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.’ I have this written on my wall so I see it when I wake up every morning.
And finally, what would your 20 Great Songs list be?
As of today and in no certain order…
- The Verve – Judas
- Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
- Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
- James Blake – Our Love Comes Back
- Bon Iver – Holocene
- Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No. 1
- Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 54
- The Cure – Pictures Of You
- Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine
- Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over
- Jeff Buckley – Morning Theft
- Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
- Miles Davis – Blue In Green
- Otis Redding – A Change Is Gonna Come
- Radiohead – Scatterbrain
- Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
- Radiohead – All I Need (Spotify version performed by Vitamin String Quartet)
- Radiohead – House of Cards (Spotify version performed by Vitamin String Quartet)
- Thom Yorke – Black Swan
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491
If you have a Spotify account you can listen to the full playlist here: