This Song by A Recent NYU Grad Made Pharrell Cry
Listening to Maggie Rogers’ official release of “Alaska” is just as wonderful as running through a field of tall grass (or in her words, “through icy streams,”) at golden hour in slow motion.
The recent NYU Grad wrote, sang, and co-produced the song, all in an attempt, as she told Pigeons and Planes, to humanize dance music. “A good chunk of the rhythm in the song started from me just patting a rhythm on my jeans,” she said. “That is the main rhythm. Me snapping in a room.”
However, the song itself—including the lyrics—was inspired by a trip she took to Alaska last summer, before which she had apparently been suffering from writer’s block. “So when I did start writing music again in the middle of this year,” she said. “The first place I picked up was the last place I stopped writing, that summer.”
While sitting on recording sessions for NYU Tisch students—and Rogers’ song in particular—to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary, Pharrell got pretty emotional.
Calling the unfinished track “singular,” and comparing it to when the Wu-Tang Clan first came out, he said, “I have zero, zero, zero notes for that. And I’ll tell you why: It’s because you’re doing your own thing.”
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