Keepsake (Compass), Elizabeth Ziman’s fourth record, began when her landlord was considering jacking up the rent and she had to move across the street into a tiny apartment, far away from her recording gear and the baby grand piano on which she loved to write. Or it began when she started keeping a dream journal, writing down snippets of visions in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning on awakening. Or it began when she started leafing through old journals and diaries, little half-finished snatches of lyrics and couplets and freewriting, and tried to see if she could shape them through to some kind of completion. Well, who’s to say where anything begins or ends? But for Ziman, who records as Elizabeth And The Catapult, Keepsake was definitely a milestone record—the end of one thing, and the beginning of something else. Ziman will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.
Ziman: I have been a rabbit owner for going on nine years now, and it makes me proud when people refer to me as “The Bunny Lady.” Sometimes my rabbit, Oslo, hurts his paw or starts jumping funny or makes weird squeaking noises when he’s sleeping (bunnies sleep with their eyes open, by the way; they are pretty much possessed). When this happens, it’s comforting to know I can go on the web and look up Amy Sedaris’s Howcast on how to take care of rabbits. I’m a big fan of hers to begin with, so watching her with a bunch of buns really just seals the deal.