Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) started taking piano lessons at a very early age and played for a couple of years, but switched to the harp at seven. Her approach to the harp, from the percussive aspects of her playing to her chord changes, was also influenced by West African and Venezuelan harp music, which she began studying at a folk music camp she attended in her early teens. At the same time, she also listened to more vocal-based folk, punk, and jazz like Karen Dalton, Texas Gladden, Patti Smith, and Billie Holiday.
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Grant Geissman (instrument), Van Dyke Parks (producer), Joanna Newsom (producer), Nick Webb (mastering), Jim O’Rourke (mix), Steve Albini (recording), Don Heffington (instrument), Van Dyke Parks (instrument), Van Dyke Parks (conductor), Peter Kent (instrument), Leland Sklar (instrument), Matt Cartsonis (instrument), Van Dyke Parks (orchestrator)