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Holly Miranda: Dream Weaver

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The cover of Holly Mirandas debut solo album, The Magicians Private Library, features a girl asleep in the grass, arrows protruding from the ground around her body. Serene and sinister, the image encapsulates the record perfectly. Bluesy songs like Waves, Sleep on Fire, and Slow Burn Reason embody that vulnerable state of limbo between the real world and unconsciousness, a subject that fascinates Miranda. I used to have these intense visions at night when I was little, the 27-year-old Brooklyn singer says. Id have this burning desire in my stomach and couldnt sleep. I knew I had to get it out but didnt know how. Her stringent religious upbringing offered no release. Miranda grew up in a Pentecostal family in Detroit and Tennessee, where she attended church five times a week and was forbidden to listen to pop music. Catharsis came only after she decamped to New York City at 16. I packed up two huge suitcases, took my Wonder Woman poster off the wall, then called my parents later and said, Im not coming home, she recalls. Eleven years later, Miranda has just finished touring with Tegan and Sara, shes come out to her parents, and she and her model-actress girlfriend only occasionally go to church. As for those sleepless nights? I practice lucid dreaming now, Miranda explains. I live a lot in my dreams, but I try to be in control now. For more on Holly Miranda, visit her official website here.Send a letter to the editor about this article.
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