transcription of sufjan stevens’ “don’t look back” interview
interviewer [voiceover]: here’s the tale of two songs and how they helped sufjan stevens reconcile the sexual and the spiritual. and it came via a little-known california songwriter.
sufjan: judee sill was a very unknown folk singer, sort of like uh, joni mitchell, uh, in the seventies. and she only had a few records, and she died prematurely, and she was a very troubled woman but she was a great songwriter. and her stuff is being more celebrated now. but my stepdad loaned me a mixtape of her music, maybe in high school or college? and i remember the song “jesus was a cross maker.” and it’s a beautiful song that confuses the sacred and the sensual and really extenuates– ‘cause she sings about heartbreak and a lover, but also about just… dutifulness… with the same kind of erotic passion.