Sharon van etten

Sharon van etten

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF THE SLOW BUILD. WHETHER IT BE WITH MY CAREER, OR MY SONGS, OR LIFE.

– SHARON VAN ETTEN

Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow comes four years after Are We There, and reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favor of something more present. Throughout Remind Me Tomorrow, Sharon Van Etten veers towards the driving, dark glimmer moods that have illuminated the edges of her music and pursues them full force. With curling low vocals and brave intimacy, Remind Me Tomorrow is an ambitious album that provokes our most sensitive impulses: reckless affections, spirited nurturing, and tender courage.

“I wrote this record while going to school, pregnant, after taking the OA audition,” says Van Etten. “I met Katherine Dieckmann while I was in school and writing for her film. She’s a true New Yorker who has lived in her rent controlled west village apartment for over 30 years. Her husband lives across the hall. They raised two kids this way. When I expressed concern about raising a child as an artist in New York City, she said ‘you’re going to be fine. Your kids are going to be fucking fine. If you have the right partner, you’ll figure it out together.’” Van Etten goes on, “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair and I feel like a mess, but I’m here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions.” The reality is Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time: in scraps of hours wedged between myriad endeavors — Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, and brought her music onstage in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks. Off-screen, she wrote her first score for Katherine Dieckmann’s movie Strange Weather and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s show Tig. She goes on, “The album title makes me giggle. It occurred to me one night when I, on autopilot, clicked ‘remind me tomorrow’ on the update window that pops up all the time on my computer. I hadn’t updated in months! And it’s the simplest of tasks!”

The songs on Remind Me Tomorrow have been transported from Van Etten’s original demos through John Congleton’s arrangement. Congleton helped flip the signature Sharon Van Etten ratio, making the album more energetic-upbeat than minimal-meditative. “I was feeling overwhelmed. I couldn’t let go of my recordings – I needed to step back and work with a producer.” She continues, “I tracked two songs as a trial run with John [Jupiter 4 and Memorial Day]. I gave him Suicide, Portishead, and Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree as references and he got excited. I knew we had to work together. It gave me the perspective I needed. It’s going to be challenging for people in a good way.” The songs are as resonating as ever, the themes are still an honest and subtle approach to love and longing, but Congleton has plucked out new idiosyncrasies from Van Etten’s sound.

For Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten put down the guitar. When she was writing the score for Strange Weather her reference was Ry Cooder, so she was playing her guitar constantly and getting either bored or getting writer’s block. At the time, she was sharing a studio space with someone who had a synthesizer and an organ, and she wrote on piano at home, so she naturally gravitated to keys when not working on the score – to clear her mind. Remind Me Tomorrow shows this magnetism towards new instruments: piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. It was “reverb universe” she says of the writing. There are intense synths, a propulsive organ, a distorted harmonium.

The demo version of “Comeback Kid” was originally a piano ballad, but driven by Van Etten’s assertion that she “didn’t want it to be pretty”, it evolved into a menacing anthem. Cavernous drones pull the freight for “Memorial Day,” which fleshes out an introvert in warrior mode. The spangled “Seventeen” began as a Lucinda Williams-esque dirge but wound up more of a nod to Bruce Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. Van Etten shows the chain reaction, of moving to a city bright-eyed and hearing the elders complain about the city changing, and then being around long enough to know what they were talking about. She wrote the song semi-inter-generationally with Kate Davis, who sang on a demo version when the song was in its infancy.

Since her last album, Van Etten has had a young son, and family life is joyful. Preparing and finishing these songs, she found herself expressing deep doubts about the world around him, and a complicated need to present a bright future for him. “There is a tear welling up in the back of my eye as I’m singing these love songs,” she says, “I am trying to be positive. There is strength to them. It’s— I wouldn’t say it’s a mask, but it’s what the parents have to do to make their kid feel safe.”

Alongside working on Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten has been exploring her talents (musical, emotional, otherwise) down other paths. She’s continuing to act, to write scores and soundtrack contributions, and she’s returning to school for psychology. The breadth of these passions, of new careers and projects and lifelong roles, have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective. This is the tension that arches over the album, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new love.

Photo by Ryan Pfluger

Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate

Name Sharon Tate
Profession Movie Actress
Date of Birth 1943-01-24
Place of Birth Dallas, TX
Age 26 yrs
Death Date 1969-08-09
Birth Sign Aquarius

About Sharon Tate

Actress who was tragically stabbed to death by members of Charles Manson’s cult. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Valley of the Dolls. 

Early Life of Sharon Tate

She had dreams of competing in the Miss Washington beauty pageant, but her family moved to Italy.

Trivia

She debuted in the 1966 film Eye of the Devil, which was about the occult.

Family Life

She was married to film director Roman Polanski from 1968 until her death. 

Associated With

She had a recurring role as Janet Trego on The Beverly Hillbillies with Buddy Ebsen.

Sharon Needles

Name Sharon Needles
Profession Reality Star
Date of Birth 1981-11-28
Place of Birth Newton, IA
Age
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Birth Sign Sagittarius

About Sharon Needles

Drag performer who became a fan favorite on the reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was born with the name Aaron Coady.

Early Life of Sharon Needles

She had a difficult childhood, which forced her to drop out of high school.

Trivia

In 2012, she was named America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Family Life

She was born in Newton, Iowa. She dated fellow Drag Race star Alaska 5000 for four years.

Associated With

Lady Gaga praised her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race via twitter.

Sharon Cancio

Name Sharon Cancio
Profession YouTube Star
Date of Birth 1998-06-02
Place of Birth United States
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Birth Sign Gemini

About Sharon Cancio

Pop culture junkie who is widely known for her Just Sharon YouTube channel. She has earned popularity there for her litany of pop culture reaction videos and commentary, as well as challenges and prank videos. 

Early Life of Sharon Cancio

She began her YouTube channel on July 20, 2013. 

Trivia

She is best known for her text pranks and other series such as carpool karaokes, #musicmondays and #freakyfridays.

Family Life

She has been based in Tampa, Florida, where she attended high school.

Associated With

She has considered herself a Justin Bieber super-fan, and has frequently vlogged about him. 

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Name Sharon Stone
Profession Movie Actress
Date of Birth 1958-03-10
Place of Birth Meadville, PA
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Birth Sign Pisces

About Sharon Stone

Seductive actress who became famous for her role in the 1992 film Basic Instinct. She also appeared in Casino, War and Remembrance, and King Solomon’s Mines. 

Early Life Experience of Sharon Stone

She quit school to become a fashion model in New York City.

Trivia Info

She received a Golden Globe Award for her work in Casino.

Family Life and Relationship

She married Michael Grenburg in 1984, and the couple divorced in 1990. She has three sons named Roan, Laird and Quinn.

Close Associates

She starred in Basic Instant with Michael Dougles.