Rhiannon Giddens, talking about the multiple meanings of “Home : All Songs Considered While recording “their” new album in their new home in Ireland in 2020, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi felt they were called to the places that gave them life and pulled them into death mysteries. Rhiannon Giddens recorded her new album “They’re C Call Me Home” with her collaborator Francesco Turrisi during a quarantine in Ireland in 2020. I talked to Rhiannon Giddens about one of the songs they wrote for the album, “Avalon.” “It’s a song about homelessness: food, culture, comfort. Being stuck in Ireland, which is a country of adoption but not of birth, is different for us than being a former patriot and knowing that you can go home when you want to, than being a former patriot and not being able to go home, you know? That brings me to the subtle but huge differences between expat, immigrant and refugee. There’s the new Rhiannon Giddens album, an album that could only have been made by this artist and then last year. For me, “Avalon” works on two different levels: the lyrics are sad because they’re about a mother or father crossing over. You can listen to the full interview with Rhiannon Giddens as well as the rest of “All Songs Considered” by clicking here. Some of us are used to returning home by plane or car, but there are many people in the world whose homes are no longer there because of war, who have to go somewhere else for economic reasons, and who have no way to return. You and “your” partner Francesco Turrisi gave birth to a new album in the quarantine of your home. Yes, “Avalon” is kind of a cross-section of the album’s two main themes, really: it’s about home – about a missing home, about what kind of home it is, and then also about death. So that’s what I’m dealing with in these songs about death. And I mean, the point of the new album is that we’re trying to recreate a little – I mean, we can’t recreate our homes here, and we wouldn’t want to, because we, you know, we’re here, and this is our new home. But like many his songs, he also brings deeper philosophical questions, about death and what comes next, to the same table at which we enjoy this comfort. Well, it’s not exactly our home: the North Carolina musician and his Italian partner are holed up in Ireland. Bob Boylen: The inspiration for this record is obviously in a place, [but] not at home.

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