Laura Stevenson Children's Song Intentions Sink

06/21/2013
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(Radio.com) Laura Stevenson doesn't hesitate to call herself a worrier. As a kid she used to lose sleep thinking about her impending death and even as she nears 30, she still suffers sleepless nights wondering how long she has left on this earth, citing global warming as one of her biggest fears. It doesn't help that the native Long Islander lives in Brooklyn, where for years climatologists have said rising water levels could lead the borough (along with the rest of New York City), to sink. But as of late, these worries have helped keep her honest, especially in her songwriting.

"Those are just some of the things I worry about, which make their way into everything, no matter what I'm writing about," Stevenson said with a laugh, though it's clear she's not joking. "It could even be a children's song."

During the making of her latest album, Wheel, Stevenson actually tried to write a children's song, but it ended up being too dark for the Sesame Street crowd. The song, which appears on her record as the cymbal-crashing "Sink, Swim," is about what would happen if California really did break into two along the San Andreas Fault. In the first verse she sings, "The dirt is gonna crack and split you in two/And you'll be half and you'll have to find a match that fits your guts/It hurts so much, but it keeps your blood in." Let's just say, it only gets worse from there.

Stevenson, a former member of musical collective Bomb The Music Industry!, has always had a penchant for sadness. She told Radio.com that Appalachian music is in her blood, thanks to her grandmother who sang Southern gospel under the name Margaret McCrae. As a kid, Stevenson's mom signed her up for classical piano lessons, which led to her obsession with a certain 19th century Polish composer. "I had a crush on Chopin," she joked. "Because he's so moody and beautiful." More including the song.

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