Quotes

Weatherman

lundi 12 mai 2014, par Cécile Desbrun

Tori was inspired to write the lyrics describing the shapes of nature, assimilating them to the shapes of the weatherman’s wife, by hearing how painter Paul Cézanne worked : "I started to read everything I could about him, about how he saw things, about how other artists saw his work, how he painted, how he would go out in nature and envision a shoulder of a mountain as a woman shoulder. He would see the body of a woman in the earth and in nature and that really inspired all kinds of songs, a song like ’Weatherman.’ The fact that Rilke said that he had sixteen shades of blue on his palette at one point, was a driving force for that song." (Unrepentant Geraldines interview DVD)

« I kind of love the idea that a man loves this woman so much that he doesn’t want to replace her with another woman. He goes to nature to see if she would use her ancient old magic, the old powers of alchemy – which of course nature has – to bring her back to life. Yes, in a form that might not be blood and bone, but in a form that he can communicate with her. And I thought that was really romantic. There’s something in our culture that... where’s romance gone ? I don’t know where’s it’s gone, there’s all kinds of stuff out there. But just holding hands, walking down by the ocean holding hands... it doesn’t get any better than that. I don’t know if it does and I don’t think ’Weatherman’ thinks it needs to, that that’s the ultimate experience. That if you’re in love with someone, there’s nothing greater than being in love and being loved. » (Unrepentant Geraldines interview DVD)

"’Weatherman’ is something that Mark and Tash got used to hearing me play in the early hours of the morning, maybe 4:45 in the morning, in Florida, in Florida’s winter. So it might be slightly chilly before the sun’s up in Florida, then it’s always a bit before Christmas when this was happening. So they would wake up to hearing this. ’Cause sometimes I would play it for hours, just play it and play it. But the story, really understanding the story, was something that really took me time because I couldn’t work out until I did, that she was dead and that he couldn’t move on, the guy in the story. He couldn’t move on and didn’t want to move on, he wasn’t ready to move on. So there wasn’t a resolve for him and there isn’t another woman, it doesn’t exist. And so, I finally had to realize how to tell the story and I kept being pushed to see that nature was a core character in this story and that she was painting the wife to life." (Spotify’s Unrepentant Geraldines track-by-track audio commentary)