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LAist Interview: David Berman, Silver Jews

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Silver Jews is coming to town. On just the second tour of a 20-year career, DC Berman and his familial touring band will visit LA tonight behind its sixth recording, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.

Berman answered a handful of questions from the road, via e-mail.

How do you write songs?
I build their walls and then lay siege to them for weeks. It's a dialectic between the artistic voice and the critical voice in my head. It's like playing chess against yourself. Switching chairs back and forth.

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How has your writing process changed over the years?
I give up faster or I won't give up. I waste less time while putting in a lot more.

Do you start with the music or the words?
Does conception start with the sperm or the egg? The moment of their meeting is the first signal from inside the song.