Diana Krall on music and motherhood
With more than 10 studio albums under her belt, a fairy-tale marriage to British pop king Elvis Costello and a reputation for being Canada’s world ambassador of jazz, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated by cucumber-cool Diana Krall. But when she breaks the ice with an apology for being too polite 30 seconds into an interview, laughing, “My friend Elton John’s partner David Furnish always tells me not to be so Canadian!” you can’t help feeling as if the Nanaimo, B.C., native is someone you’d most want to gossip with over coffee. Here, she opens up about her new album, From This Moment On, and how Canadian pop icons have changed her life.
FLARE : From This Moment On collects classic standards by many jazz legends. How do you get inspired to rework songs that are so well known?
Diana Krall : You’ve gotta really do your homework. Part of the learning process is to try emulating people – you can’t focus on one artist. Because I’m a woman and can’t sound like Frank Sinatra, there’s no danger of me being compared to Frank. I’m 40 years old, so I’ve listened to so many different artists that I guess what comes out now is my own thing.
FLARE : Is there anyone you look to for advice on being a touring mom?
DK:I just worked with Sarah McLachlan on her new holiday record. I love that she has her own unique sound and has such grace. I’ve always looked up to her. I love the way she handles her career. I often think, ‘What would Sarah do?’ When I worked with her, I’d always bug her and ask questions. She’s really someone I think the world of, ever since she asked me to do Lilith Fair.
FLARE: What’s the most challenging part of performing pregnant?
DK: I just want someone to send me maternity clothes because I have no trousers at all! I’ve been working so hard without days off and can’t go out shopping, so I’ve resorted to wearing dresses – more dresses than I’ve worn in my entire life.
FLARE: So are you learning to embrace your girlier side?
DK: I’m not apologizing for it anymore because I think my music is good and I put so much heart and soul into what I’m doing. I enjoy fashion and sweat about it as much as anyone else.