Lana Del Rey Talks Songwriting, Courtney Love and More
If you're itching for a road trip, consider Lana Del Rey your new eager passenger.
In a new interview with Urban Outfitters, who is releasing an exclusive red-vinyl edition of Honeymoon, Rey says her latest album, Honeymoon—which she notes takes a critical look at "anti-voyeurism"—has a specific feel that listeners should enjoy in specific spots.
"If they get the vinyl, maybe in their bedroom, if they have a vinyl player," she instructs. "Or in their living room next to a fire, since it's almost going to be October. If they have it on their phone or on a CD, they could listen to it in the car while they're driving down a long highway."
And from a quiet, cozy corner inside to the outdoors' wild expanse, Del Rey says she's learned that when inspiration strikes, you run with it.
"I think the biggest lesson I learned was there's never a wrong time to write," she says. "Sometimes it takes years to make a record, and sometimes you write something right after you've released a record, but you're crazy not to take advantage of the lyrical muse if it comes to you."
As far as muses are concerned, the singer shares she's learned a ton from one particular act.
"Well, the thing I really loved about Courtney [Love] was she was up for anything," Del Rey says. "She's played a lot of shows before [and] made a lot of great music, but she's a real performer through and through. I always felt like she played each show like it was going to be her last, and gave everything she had to the audience. In that way, she was really inspirational to watch." Del Rey also says the one music video that's had the most impact on her is probably the one for Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box."
Check out the full interview, and be sure to pick up a copy of Honeymoon on September 18.
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