Cat Power wants to be a good woman

Being beautiful and talented, against all logic, causes suffering. A troubled and highly sensitive soul, abuser of all substances and erratic live performer, Chan Marshall, the singer who goes by the name of Cat Power, has also famously said “My favorite things in the world are cookin’, kids and animals and falling in love, but you don’t get to do that all the time.”

She also exemplifies the notorious link between being an artist and substance abuse, something which so very few artists have succeeded in keeping under control. For this reason, artists’ lives are simultaneously mysterious and terrifying, idolized and repulsed, understood and judged. Artists symbolize severe narcissism yet also a sort of sacrificial altruism. There's a certain hopeless, vulnerable powerlessness and all-powerful influence they have. And among them, Cat Power also.

In 2006, Cat Power recorded her album The Greatest amidst what seems to be an overwhelmingly problematic and intoxicated time in her life. Yet, it only took her three days to record it. And, although, this may have been a rough period for her life, “the greatest” is how I like to think of her.

Listen to three of my favorite songs below

Good Woman

I don't want be a bad woman
And I can't stand to see you be a bad man.
I will miss your heart so tender
And I will love this love forever.

Lived in Bars

Send in the trumpets, the marching wheelchairs
Open the blankets and give them some air
Swords and arches, bones and cement
The light and the dark of the innocent of men

The Greatest

Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two fists of solid rock
With brains that could explain
Any feeling

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Listen to a nice selection of her songs

Read a fairly recent interview for Interview magazine