A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol - Inspired by the Spirit



An Exclusive Interview by Bruce Edwin

Alison Sudol's music debut , 'One Cell In the Sea,' reached number one on the charts, putting her on the map around the world thanks to her sultry, romantic ballad 'Almost Lover.' After 'One Cell in the Sea,' Alison Sudol followed with the album 'Bomb in a Birdcage,' which hit Number One Top Pop Album, and hit the top of the digital charts. Wasting no time following up their acclaimed second album, A Fine Frenzy released a six-song EP 'Oh Blue Christmas' which like the bands other work, is a must for any music collection.

At the age of 24, Alison Sudol is a rare being, filled with a passionate soul, magnificent voice, stellar songwriting, and an incredibly sweet personality backed by a unique, worldly intelligence. Unlike many musicians, who are nothing like their music, speaking with Alison Sudol is as charming as her work. This is our final part II of our exclusive interview with Alison Sudol with A Fine Frenzy. If you have not read Part One of our interview with Alison, you can read that here first.

Bruce Edwin: Do you believe in any so called spiritual inspiration, or element beyond the physical realm that inspires you?

Alison Sudol: Oh, whole heartedly.

Bruce Edwin: Really? Wow!

Alison Sudol: Yeah, I'm just a girl, you know, I'm a girl that's totally flawed and trying to figure things out, but every now and then I'm able to just open up the door to somewhere else that I can just pull things out of, and I don't know where it comes from, I don't know when it's going to come, I don't know when it's going to go away, but it always comes at some point, it's just, I couldn't take credit for it, I don't feel like its mine. I just feel like an interpreter or something, it’s my job to figure out how to put all of that in to words.

Bruce Edwin: Wow, yeah, that's amazing, that's really cool, is there a process you typically go through to get your self in that mind-set of receptivity? Or you do kind of just wait for it to happen?

Alison Sudol: Well, I think I know when I'm not on the right track, because I can't write, because I can't find what I need to write about, its very difficult to find the words, and so I just try to pay attention and guide my life in a way to where I’m making decisions that are not inhibiting that extra channel from being accessed, and then I just do it, you know, its about sitting at the piano, sitting at the guitar, for hours, trying to find it. And some times it just doesn't come, and other times I'll write like three, at least the beginning of like three or four songs in a night, and it’s like woah! woah! Alright! It's just like a jamboree, its so exciting when that happens...

Bruce Edwin: That’s amazing...

Alison Sudol: You never know (…)

Bruce Edwin: Yeah... I read you are working on a children’s story, is that accurate?

Alison Sudol: Yes.

Bruce Edwin: Is that going to be a screenplay or a novel?

Alison Sudol: It’s a novel at this point. Selfishly I would love to see it become a screenplay, because I would love to see it be made, and go to these places that I made, you know... (laughs) that don't exist. It was so great to see 'Where the Wild things Are,' to see how beautifully done it was, you know. It’s so beautiful...

Bruce Edwin: That's great, I loved that book too when I was a child.

Alison Sudol: It's great.

Bruce Edwin: You’ve done some acting I've heard, right?

Alison Sudol: I've done a smidge.

Bruce Edwin: Pardon me, you've what?

Alison Sudol: (giggles) I've done a smidge (laughing)...

Bruce Edwin: A smidge! Ha, that's great, O.K., Is that something you'd like to do more of, to work more in film aside from what you just mentioned?

Alison Sudol: Well I would but I don't think about it too much, I just like being in the creative environment, and there are movies I’ve seen, where I’m like, Oh! I want to be in that, so if there were something that came up that was like really interesting and beautiful and quirky and probably funny, you know, like a 'Garden State', or 'You and Me and Everyone We Know,' or like 'Life Aquatic,' that I could actually add to, and not mess it up by being an actor, then I would love to.


She couldn't mess it up. She's too real.


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