From The Desk Of Garrison Starr: Watching The Same Movies Over And Over Again

Not long before the major-label landscape collapsed in a heap, only to morph into a crud formation of reissue-happy conglomerates, Garrison Starr signed with Geffen. It was 1997, and if ignorance truly is bliss, the 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Hernando, Miss., couldn’t have been happier. Those 15 years feel like a lifetime ago for an older, wiser, slightly more cynical Starr, who’s busy promoting her sixth full-length effort, the self-released, fan-funded Amateur (Radtown Music). It took her some time to come to terms with her sexuality (and others’ opinions of it), and it’s taken her even longer to get comfortable with her creative self. To that end, the angsty-yet-optimistic, stylistically diverse Amateur is a coming out of sorts. Starr will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with her.

Starr: My girlfriend is constantly making fun of me for watching movies I like over and over again. There was a time in my life when I had just broken up a relationship and moved into my own apartment for the first time in years, and I had three VHS tapes. It became a running joke among my friends: “What are you watching tonight, G? Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men or Remember The Titans?” I guess I was too lazy to hit the video store. Or maybe those movies were just a source of comfort for me. Either way, times haven’t changed. These days, I have The Social Network, Cedar Rapids, As Good As It Gets and The Shawshank Redemption on the DVR, and I rotate. Not to mention, the movie channels do play some gems every week. I find some pretty good life tips in all those classic lines. One of my faves is “See, that’s the difference between us. You think we’re fighting, and I think we’re finally talking!!!” (from Jerry Maguire).

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