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3×3: Levon Henry on Red Cedar, Richard Brautigan, and Rain for Days

Oct 27, 2016

3x3: Levon Henry on Red Cedar, Richard Brautigan, and Rain for Days

Artist: Levon Henry
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Latest Album: Sinker
Personal Nicknames: "Brother of Lulu” is new and shiny, though Lee has gained some momentum over the years.

3x3: Levon Henry on Red Cedar, Richard Brautigan, and Rain for Days

If Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed were in a band together, who would play what?
Jesus on tambourine, Buddha on Juno. I’ve seen Krishna depicted here and there with a flute, so it’s hard to imagine anything else taking its place. And Mohammed on zither. That’s a configuration I’d like to hear, anyway, I guess … regardless of who was playing.

If you were a candle, what scent would you be?
I was in a room with a red cedar candle once and definitely felt some resonance there.

What literary character or story do you most relate to?
There's a Richard Brautigan story about a first romantic encounter that ends: "She's got her clothes on, and the beginning is over." I think that pretty much sums it up, at least a certain lump of humans, anyway. That stunted perspective. That funereal view of birth we can't seem to wake up from no matter how much we have.

3x3: Levon Henry on Red Cedar, Richard Brautigan, and Rain for Days

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
10 pairs … just counted and it’s news to me, as well.

What's your best physical attribute?
I was voted “Best Eyes” in high school, so I’m still riding that wave, but I definitely peaked early, as their color has definitely faded and nine years old was prime-time.

What's your go-to karaoke tune?
The secret here, to avoiding breaking into a cold sweat, is to avoid karaoke-related acitivites, because people like to sorta sneak karaoke into other things and — boom — all of a sudden, you’re doing karaoke you didn’t sign up for. In that unfortunate situation, Brenton Wood’s “Gimme a Little Sign” is the only card I’ve got.

3x3: Levon Henry on Red Cedar, Richard Brautigan, and Rain for Days

Animal, mineral, or vegetable?
Mineral.

Rain or shine?
Rain … for days.

Mild, medium, or spicy?
Medium.

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