Sharon Van Etten
Singing With Belief
By Bonnie Stiernberg
Today I spoke with Sharon Van Etten. We had a really interesting chat about the personal nature of her songs, her newfound confidence and whether or not it’s okay for an artist to air their dirty laundry for an audience.
It got me thinking. As journalists, we’re taught to believe in our work. It is, after all, supposed to be The Truth—whatever that may be. But from day one of J-school, there’s a certain level of detachment that gets instilled in us for objectivity’s sake. Our stories are The Truth, but they’re someone else’s truth.
But then again, that’s not really the case, is it? Empathy is...